Egypt's Sisi inspects construction sites, orders manager to give workers masks

Ahram Online , Thursday 9 Apr 2020

The president scolded a construction site manager for letting labourers work without face masks

(Photo courtesy of the presidency spokesman official Facebook page)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi inspected construction sites on Thursday to follow up on the implementation of coronavirus preventative measures.

A video circulated by social media users showed the president scolding a construction site manager for letting the labourers work without face masks.

"I give orders and yet you don't follow them?" El-Sisi asked the manager.

The president gave directives to give masks to all workers at the site, according to the video.

"If I come back tomorrow and find those people without masks ... it is going to be a big deal," he warned.

In a separate statement on Thursday, presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said that the president has instructed the relevant bodies to stress to all companies the necessity of providing "the highest level of protection and abiding precisely by the coronavirus preventative measures."

The spokesman noted that El-Sisi's statement comes on the back of his inspection tour of the construction projects and as a result of the "non-compliance with the precautionary measures aiming to protect the site workers” that he observed.

El-Sisi also underlined the significance of wearing medical masks and avoided crowded gatherings, especially those who work on different projects nationwide.

Earlier this week, during a televised speech, El-Sisi said that "sometimes I inspect the situation on the streets just before curfew … [But] I don't feel people pay attention [to the coronavirus] … I find people in a microbus not wearing medical masks."

He said the state is ready to distribute masks at half-price or for free if necessary.

Egypt on Wednesday extended a nationwide night-time curfew for another two weeks, as the country’s coronavirus infection tally continues to rise.

The virus has so far infected 1,560 people in Egypt and killed 103.

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