Since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak, many people had been affected by repercussions of the virus. For instance, have you guys put into mind that there are dustmen still roaming the streets trying to help clean areas for us as well as trying to make a living for themselves?
These poor people’s job is to stay in the streets, in the open air, where it could be very easy for them to catch the virus due to the lack of care and protection they have been given.
Which is why Mahmoud Shaarawy, Egypt’s Local Development Minister, has stressed this morning on how much of a necessity it is to provide these dustmen as well as blue-collared workers with the essential protective gear such as masks and gloves to help contain spreading the Coronavirus and to help keep these workers safe.
A new set of safety instructions as well as a major protective plan that will be directed by our President Abdel Fattah el Sisi is set in motion to take place, added the Minister.
Companies and Contractors have been demanded by governors to apply serious safety precautions and most importantly the correct care requirements for fellow workers as well as trying to raise awareness for the coronavirus.
Shaarawy has also stressed on how crucial it is to follow up with both the contractors and companies to make sure they are implementing the precautionary measures they are forced to apply on the workers. Also, they need to follow up on sterilizing as well as purifying the work sites they are asked to work in on a daily basis in hopes of achieving maximum protection and safety for the workers.
Thankfully, President Sisi has been kind and gracious enough to order protective masks to be distributed amongst all dustmen, janitors, and workers in need of protection to help keep them safe, thus our entire country in good hands.
So far, 139 new cases of the Coronavirus have been found. As for the death toll, it was announced last night that 15 new deaths have occurred. Egypt’s Ministry of Health has broadcasted that the number of infected Egyptian citizens are up to 1,699 and the death rate to 118 people. On the bright side, 348 people have recovered so far after testing positive for the virus.
Memory of the City: New Initiative to Document Egypt’s Architectural Heritage
‘Memory of the City’ is the newest initiative launched by the Egypt’s Ministry of Culture with the aim of documenting the architectural identity of ancient areas in Egypt.
Minister Inas Abdel Dayem said that Egypt’s architectural heritage represent the history of civilizations and the formation of urban life and its development.
Abdel Dayem further explained that Egypt’s rich architectural treasures are a product of various historic influences that all came together to form the country’s unique heritage.
Abdel Dayem further pointed out that the “Memory of the City” Initiative is a humanitarian and historical message with the aim of preserving the nation’s unique features.
Also worth mentioning is that the “Memory of the City” initiative includes launching a series of books that highlights areas with a great historical value, in addition to setting boundaries and foundations to preserve this rich history.
The series tells multiple stories of buildings, their residents, the community and environment. All of this comes as part of the Ministry’s efforts in preserving the identity of these Egyptian areas and shed the light on their significant part of the Egyptian cultural heritage.
New Swine Flu With Pandemic Potential Found in China
A new type of swine flu has been discovered by Chinese researchers with the possibility of infecting humans and causing yet another pandemic! The study was released on Monday.
Scientists warn about the virus but for the time-being, they say that it doesn’t impose an immediate global threat.
The disease, knows as the G4 virus, is genetically descended from the H1N1 swine flu that caused a pandemic in 2009. G4 nowshows “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus,” said the study, published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
We know how scary this sounds but Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University’s public health school, asked the public not to “freak out.”
No evidence has shown yet that G4 could be transmitted from one person to another, perhaps the most promising sign so far, said Carl Bergstrom, a professor of biology at the University of Washington.
“This is not a *new* new virus; it’s been very common in pigs since 2016,” he tweeted. “There’s no evidence that G4 is circulating in humans, despite five years of extensive exposure. That’s the key context to keep in mind.”
Mounir to Perform at Cairo Opera House As Cultural Events Resume Mid-July
Egypt’s cultural activities will return in min-July with a 25% capacity in all facilities, the ministry of culture announced.
The ministry has already planned out for its comeback with renowned singer Mohamed Mounir set to perform the venue’s first concert after reopening.
Cultural events will return after being suspended for three months in light of the pandemic. Now, we’re about to be entertained once again but with all precautionary measures taken.
Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem assured that all facilities will adhere to precautionary measures against the coronavirus.
In a statement, Abdel Dayem said that the resumption of cultural activities indicates Egypt’s ability to face challenges and cope with the virus.
She further explained that the 25% capacity will be enforced to all facilities and all measures will be taken, which includes applying social distancing and providing audiences with an educational guide to maintain public safety.
A committee will also be formed under the supervision of the ministry, to follow up on the implementation of these procedures at all cultural facilities.
The reopening decision includes all museums which are under the Ministry of Culture’s supervision, Cairo Opera House, art exhibitions, national circus shows, theatres, and cultural and intellectual evenings.
Mounir’s concert will be held on July 17th and is the artists first performance at the Cairo Opera House in 15 years!
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