UN chief praises Egypt’s measures to curb spread of coronavirus as 'good example'
MENA, Ahram Online, Thursday 16 Apr 2020

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has lauded the measures adopted by the Egyptian government to control the spread of the novel coronavirus and cushion its social and economic impacts.

Speaking during a video conference meeting with African member states of the United Nations, Guterres said that the Egyptian government’s measures are a good example of an early response for curbing the spread of COVID-19.

According to a statement distributed by the UN Information Center in Cairo, Guterres noted that the measures taken by Egypt included slashing taxes on industries, delaying taxes on agricultural lands and broadening the country’s social safety programmes.

The UN chief also expressed his full solidarity with peoples and governments of African states against the coronavirus pandemic, asserting that the UN and African countries are working together in facing many challenges and fears at the current time.

Egypt has introduced a series of sweeping measures to curb the spread of the virus, including imposing a night-time curfew, banning large gatherings, shutting mosques and churches and suspending schools and universities.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has ordered the allocation of EGP 100 billion to finance a “comprehensive plan” to tackle the disease.

The Egyptian cabinet has adopted a number of economic measures to mitigate the repercussions of the pandemic, including providing allowances of EGP 500 for irregular workers for three months and taking measures to disburse the salaries of regular workers like those in the tourism sector.

Up to 94 hospitals in Egypt have been allocated to deal with coronavirus.

Egypt has recorded 2,673 infections and 196 deaths so far.