Cairo University (Reuters)
Cairo University’s dorms received on Saturday three new groups of repatriated Egyptians from Kuwait for a 14-day quarantine, bringing the total number of groups returning from Kuwait to 13.
According to state-owned MENA, Cairo University President Mohamed Osman El-Khosht received the groups and followed up on their self-sterilisation and the disinfection of their luggage in sterilisation cabins installed around the dorms.
He ordered the increase of medical staff residing in the university dorms to examine repatriated Egyptians from Kuwait and conduct full medical examinations.
Egypt has closed its airports to international flights since mid-March as part of the preventive measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The country has since operated exceptional flights to bring Egyptians stranded abroad back home and allow foreign tourists to return to their country.
Earlier this month, Egypt began repatriating nationals stranded in Kuwait after Kuwaiti authorities broke up riots by Egyptian workers with invalid residencies seeking to return home.
The government is covering the cost of those staying at university hostels. Those willing to spend their quarantine period at designated hotels in the Mediterranean city of Marsa Alam will have to pay for their stay.
Egypt is hoping to bring back all stranded Egyptians before the Islamic Eid Al-Fitr holiday, which begins on 23 May and follows the holy month of Ramadan.
A civil aviation ministry source told Al-Ahram on Friday that Egypt has repatriated around 12,000 stranded Egyptians from different countries since late April.
Egypt sent flights to the US, Canada, France, Germany, England, Spain, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Iraq, Sudan, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Chad, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Maldives, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and India.