WHO chief praises Sisi’s ‘strong commitment’ to coronavirus efforts

Ahram Online , Friday 3 Apr 2020

WHO's chief comments after El-Sisi ordered on Wednesday that the costs of a compulsory quarantine for all Egyptians returning to the country from abroad will be funded by the state’s Tahya Misr fund

WHO headquarters
A TV grab taken from the World Health Organization website shows WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus via video link as he delivers a news briefing on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) from the WHO headquarters in Geneva on March 30, 2020. (Photo: AFP)

The head of the World Health Organization has praised Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi for his efforts to counter the coronavirus outbreak.

“Thank you, President @AlsisiOfficial for your strong commitment to stop the #coronavirus from spreading and also ensuring that affected populations are receiving wide-ranging support. Great act of leadership and solidarity,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted on Friday.

His tweet directly referenced -- or “quote tweeted” -- a news report that El-Sisi had ordered the costs of the newly implemented compulsory quarantine for Egyptians returning to the country from abroad be paid by the state’s Tahya Misr charitable fund.

The government this week decided to quarantine all Egyptians returning to the country, and is requiring returnees to sign a written acknowledgement that they agree to the quarantine before boarding their flights.

Egypt saw its highest daily increase in new cases on Thursday, as 86, bringing the total to 865. The death toll now stands at 58. 

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