Egypt advises elderly, respiratory disease patients and children to avoid outdoor activities on Sunday, Monday

Ahram Online , Sunday 19 Dec 2021

The Egyptian Ministry of Environment has advised the elderly, respiratory disease patients and children nationwide to stay indoors on Sunday and Monday due to poor air quality.

Dust storms

Based on reports by the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) as well as the ministry’s early warning system, dust storms are expected to affect an area stretching from the country’s north to northern Upper Egypt on Sunday and Monday, a statement by the ministry said on Saturday.

The dust storms are expected to negatively affect air quality, the ministry added.

Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad urged the elderly and those with chest and respiratory diseases to avoid daily activities in the open air during the 48 hour period to avoid harm, the statement said.

Fouad noted that in the event of rain, the air quality index would rise, reducing the severity of the crisis.

On Saturday, the EMA issued a statement warning that moderate to heavy rain accompanied by thunderstorms is expected along the northern coast and Delta on Sunday and Monday.

Citizens can file complaints about air pollution of any kind with the ministry around the clock using the 19808 hotline, or via Whatsapp at 01222693333, the ministry added in Sunday’s statement.

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