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COVID-19: Weekly report - November 22nd

COVID-19: Weekly report - November 22nd

To help readers cope with the speed of developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, ArabFinance will issue a weekly roundup of all the latest updates.

 

Egypt

* Egypt has a total of 112,676 confirmed COVID-19 cases including 101,783 recoveries and 6,535 deaths.

* The country is on track to receive the second tranche of its $5.2 billion IMF standby loan. The financing is meant to support Egypt’s economic recovery through the pandemic.

* Egyptians are using 20% of our available ventilators and 47% of our special care beds, health minister Hala Zayed highlights.

* Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly notes that the wave currently gripping other countries is “more dangerous and widespread” than the first, and said that “work must be done” to ensure Egypt doesn’t fall into the same situation. 

* Cairo Metro passengers will now be fined up to EGP 4,000 for not wearing masks, Cairo Metro Spokesman Ahmed Abdel Hady said.

* Adel Khattab, a member of the Higher Education Ministry’s virus committee, says just 25% of COVID-19 patients suffer from high fever.

* The government is prepared to dole out further stimulus should the second wave of covid-19 take hold in Egypt, Finance Minister Mohamed Maait notes.

* Around 300 students are diagnosed with COVID-19 since the beginning of the academic year, Education Minister Tarek Shawki says.

* Housing demand is beginning to pick up following the slump during the lockdown, CEO of Iwan Developments says.

* COVID-19 claims the lives of 200 Egyptian doctors, the Medical Syndicate says in a statement.

* Egypt welcomes over 500,000 tourists since international flights resumed on July 1st and none have been infected with covid-19, Tourism Minister Khaled El Enany notes.

 

Regional

* Emirates airline is taking up the challenge of trying to transport covid-19 vaccines that have a cold chain requirement, such as Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine candidate which must be stored at around -70°C.

* Nearly 35,000 military personnel, contractors, and their families in UAE are vaccinated against COVID-19.

* UAE participates in the G20 summit with the aim of coordinating joint efforts and promoting global cooperation to contain COVID-19.

* UAE issues new regulations for travel from Oman.

* Some 46% of frontline professionals in UAE feel COVID-19 negatively affects mental health care.

* Saudi Arabia opens the G20 summit on November 21st, with the virtual forum dominated by efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and the worst global recession in decades.

* Saudi Arabia is the third country to launch COVID-19 tracing apps.

* Number of expats in Kuwait drop from 3.3 million to 2.65 million amid COVID-19.

* All Kuwaitis, who intend to travel to other countries, are advised to obtain health insurance that includes coverage for the treatment of coronavirus.

* Kuwait vows $4 million in donations to the UNICEF to support internally displaced Syrians in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

* Kuwait plans to import the COVID-19 vaccine of Pfizer in private planes.

Expats who violated COVID-19 restrictions will be deported from Oman.

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