Egyptian MP Haitham El-Hariri tests positive for coronavirus

Ahram Online , Saturday 27 Jun 2020

Egyptian MP Haitham El-Hariri said on Friday he has tested postive for the highly contagious coronavirus.

"On Wednesday morning I had mild fever so I did some tests… On Thursday morning I (suffered from) fatigue, and I headed to a fever hospital where I was confirmed positive for COVID-19," El-Hariri wrote on Facebook on Friday evening.

El-Hariri, who represents the Alexandria constituency, is a member of the House of Representatives’ Health Committee and a leader of the parliamentary leftist 25-30 bloc.

Until earlier this month at least seven MPs had contracted the coronavirus, Spokesperson of the House of Representatives Salah Hasaballah said.

MP Sherine Farag was the first parliamentarian to announce she had tested positive for the fast-spreading virus on 12 May. She announced her recovery two weeks later.
Parliament resumed sessions on 29 April after more than a month of suspension over coronavirus fears.

The 596-seat assembly held its last plenary session on 16 June. The House's acivities will resume on 5 July.

The country has been witnessing a steady increase in coronavirus cases, with the total infections until Friday recording at least 62,755 and deaths reaching 2,620.

Starting Saturday, Egypt has lifted a number of restrictions in place since March, including the end of the nighttime curfew and reopening restaurants, coffee shops, and some cultural and social venues, albeit under new hygiene and safety restrictions. 

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