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Evacuation Flight from France Was A Success

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On Wednesday evening, the 1st of April, a flight carrying 87 Egyptian passengers who have been stranded in France due to the Coronavirus all this time have been brought back home. Such news has left the Egyptian citizens happy with all the efforts that have been put in getting their people safely home.

So far, the toll number of people that have tested positive with the Coronavirus in France has been 52,000 cases. Yes, such a big number.

If you remember, back in March, it was decided by the Egyptian government, Prime minister, and President Abd el Fattah el Sisi himself, that international flights are to be suspended until April the 15th to ensure the precautionary measures against the pandemic.

Luckily, the passengers that had arrived safely back to their homeland were rushed into quarantine at a nearby hotel. The hotel they had checked into was fully prepared and equipped for quarantine. The flight that came in was by the infamous airline , Egypt Air.

Nader Saad, Egyptian Cabinet Spokesman has filled us in on the details and procedure of bringing back the stranded Egyptians. Apparently, the nationals abroad were not allowed to come back home unless they fully agree on the decisions as well as signing a quarantine commitment letter. This meant that the citizens had to agree to being quarantined as soon as they arrive.

The enforcement of signing this later was decided after citizens coming back from Kuwait recently had refused to be quarantined, which is why drastic measure were forced to be taken. On a positive note, Saad stated that he had urged businessmen to deal and take care of the expenses made for the quarantine for the evacuated Egyptians.

So far, to keep our readers well informed, the Egyptian Ministry of Health had recorded yesterday that there are 544 new cases that confirmed positive for the coronavirus. The number of deaths have been 46 out of 710 ,while 157 of these people have recovered.

Khaled Megahed, Ministry’s Spokesperson, claimed that 205 people had proven negative while 5 Egyptians had died. Out of these 5 people, only two of them died right before checking in to a hospital. As for the 54 patients that had shown positive for the virus, they had contracted the virus from people who had tested positive abroad.

 

 

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Egypt’s Plan to Reopen Archaeological Sites

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Egypt's Plan to Reopen Archaeological Sites

So far, all open archaeological sites remain closed since the coronavirus outbreak as part of Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ efforts in combating the pandemic.

But now, several countries have begun to reopen their sites once again for visitors so what is Egypt plan to follow in the same steps? Should we expect a reopening soon? Well, here’s what we know so far.

On this occasion, director of the Pyramids Archaeological Zone Ashraf Mohieddin spoke about the plan to reopen some of the areas for visitors.

According to him, once Egypt decided to reopen the archaeological Pyramids’ area for visitors, they will maintain all safety and precautionary measures.

These measures will be aligned with Egypt’s strict instructions in order to combat the spread of the virus, this means that both and visitors will be urged to wear masks and gloves at all times.

Mohieddin also added that the temperature of each visitor will be taken upon entering and that the area will be sanitized daily.

It’s also possible that the number of visitors will be reduced by 25% in order to maintain social distance and avoid any over crowding.

Finally, Mohieddin said that on the other hand, closed places including ancient graves may remain closed in the first stage of re-opening touristic sites.

 

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GEM Receives 346 Artifacts Including 10 statues of King Senusret I

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A collection of 346 artifacts have been been transferred successfully from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the GEM, the transfer included the significant statues of King Senusret I.

According to the General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum Atef Moftah, the statues have been temporarily placed in the grand foyer, awaiting to be moved to their permanent spot in the museum.

Director General of Antiquities Affairs at the Grand Egyptian Museum Tayeb Abbas said that these magnificent statues of King Senusert were discovered back in 1894 at a crater in the funerary temple of King Senusert I.

The statues are made of limestone and were first placed in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir in 1895. The statues depict young King Senusert I sitting on the throne.

Another artifact of great significance that the GEM received is the seven oils rectangular plate, a tool that was used in burial rituals.

Director of the Department of Restoring and Transferring Antiquities at the Grand Egyptian Museum Eissa Zidan assured that the process of transporting the artifacts is done with great keen. The packaging and securing of pieces are all documented using internationally recognized scientific methods.

We’re glad to see that with the ongoing crisis, the GEM isn’t affected and we can see the great effort being put in order to have the opening ceremony as expected, later this year.

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How Development Work is Carried Out in GEM in Respect to Precautionary Measures 

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How Development Work is Carried Out in GEM in Respect to Precautionary Measures 

The opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum was scheduled for the end of this year but after the coronavirus outbreak, a delay on the opening has recently been announced.

As much as it saddened us all especially that this is one of the most anticipated events worldwide, we are now hopeful that the delay won’t be too long after yesterday’s visit of Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled el-Anani to the museum and the President’s decision to carry out works on major projects

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Yesterday, Minister Anani paid a visit to the museum in order to follow up on the latest developments of the project during the crisis, and to ensure that all preventive measures are being taken.

General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum Atef Moftah, Director of the Museum for Archaeological Affairs Al-Tayeb Abbas, and a number of leaders of the ministry and the museum all accompanied Anani during the visit.

The tour included a visit to the Archaeology Restoration Center, Wood Restoration Laboratory, where some of the artifacts of King Tutankhamun are being restored and an inspection of the museum’s construction site also took place.

According to Anani, that despite the current crisis of the coronavirus, development work of the museum hadn’t stopped and that is upon the President’s decision to carry out works on major projects but of course in respect to all precautionary measures.

Anani said that at the moment, 1700 laborers are working in the museum, besides 300 engineers and supervisors representing 33 Egyptian companies out of a total of 65 companies, completing work at the museum at a rate of 50 percent per day.

That comes in light of the decision to reduce the number of workers as a precautionary measure taken by the state to protect workers from the novel virus.

Moreover, sterilization and disinfection of the project’s site, restoration laboratories and administrative offices are taken place daily.

Moftah also added that workers are examined everyday upon arriving to the museum and before leaving, in addition to passing through a sterilization corridor before entering the museum.

Also worth noting is that two sterilization lanes/corridors have been placed on site, in order to reach the project’s full work capacity after the sterilization and disinfection procedures have been completed.

The process of disinfection and sterilization isn’t done once but throughout the day! It’s divided into three periods and that is to reach maximum safety measures.

Not only that, Moftah also added that a training course is being given to all museum staff, in an attempt to spread awareness on the virus.

We’re very proud of our Egypt, very proud of all the measures taken by the government and their efforts in ensuring maximum safety.

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