Egyptian community members in Kuwait lined up in long queues in front of the embassy waiting enthusiastically to cast their votes – Egypt TodayKUWAIT CITY - 5 June 2020: Kuwait's Directorate of Civil Aviation said Friday that 598 Egyptian citizens stranded here left the country, heading to Cairo on board of three flights.Two AirCairo flights have already taken off with 144 passengers on board of each, the directorate of civil aviation added in a statement of which MENA obtained a copy.The third flight, which will be operated by AlMasria Universal Airlines, will take off later in the day carrying 310 Egyptians back home, it said.
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File - Elissa during her successful concert. CAIRO – 5 June 2020: Lebanese megastar Elissa gave a dazzling performance during her latest online concert which took place on June 4.During the successful concert , Elissa’s fans launched hashtag entitled ‘’Mekamleen Ma’a Elissa’’ ( We will Continue with Elissa) and the hashtag was trend number 4 in Egypt.The Lebanese megastar fans interacted much with her during this performance dubbing her with the Queen, the charming, the icon and the legend.The concert was organised by Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Entertainment.Elissa's latest song "Ahwet El-Madi" (The Coffee of the Past) achieved huge success, amassing over 1 million views on YouTube. The song is written by Seham Sho'aa, composed by Mohamed Rahim and distributed by Kameel Khoury.The famed Lebanese star released her song "Hangany Kaman w Kaman" (We will sing again and again) on April 11.The heartthrob singer performed in Alexandria on December 12. This concert was Elissa's first in Egypt after her previous decision to quit singing. As of 2017, Elissa has had over 44 million followers on social media.
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FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Kylie Jenner attends the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills during the 92nd Academy Awards, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok -/File Photo/File Photo. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kylie Jenner and Kanye West on Thursday topped the annual Forbes list of the highest paid celebrities, but sports stars, including Roger Federer and Lionel Messi, dominated the top 10.Forbes estimated that Jenner earned $590 million in the last 12 months, mostly from the sale of a 51% stake in her Kylie Cosmetics line to Coty in 2019.Jenner, 22, the half-sister of Kim Kardashian, made headlines a week ago when Forbes said that after reviewing data from the Coty sale, it no longer believed she was a billionaire as it had declared a year ago.Jenner responded saying that the original Forbes estimate was based on “a number of inaccurate statements and unproven assumptions.”West, who is married to Kardashian, followed with an estimated $170 million in earnings, much of it from his deal with Adidas for his Yeezy sneaker brand.West was also the top-earning musician, followed by Elton John who raked in most of his estimated $81 million from a lengthy farewell tour.Forbes said the Celebrity Top 100 earned a combined $6.1 billion before taxes and fees, a $200 million drop from 2019, after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered stadiums and sports arenas.Tennis champion Federer took third place with an estimated $106.3 million, mostly from endorsement deals with the likes of Japanese clothing company Uniqlo and watch maker Rolex. He was followed by soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.Forbes compiled the list by estimating pre-tax earnings from June 2019-June 2020, before deducting fees for managers, based on data from Nielsen, touring trade publication Pollstar, movie database IMDB, as well as interviews with industry experts and many of the celebrities themselves.Newcomers this year included “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda ($45.5 million) and musician Billie Eilish ($53 million), who at age 18 was the youngest of the Celebrity 100.Taylor Swift, who took the top spot a year ago, slid to 25th place after the conclusion of her “Reputation” world tour.
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Muslims attend Friday prayers at Al Azhar mosque in Cairo on December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah DalshCAIRO – 4 June 2020: Al-Azhar al-Sharif announced that Friday prayers will be held at Al-Azhar Mosque in the presence of the mosque’s imams and workers only.The statement ensured that all precautionary measures against coronavirus will be taken.It further explained that the Friday sermon will be delivered by Ahmed Omar Hesham, a member of the Senior Scholars Authority in Al-Azhar, and will discuss “Islam in the face of calamities and adversities.”The sermon will be aired live on the Egyptian channels and via the Azhar’s official pages on social media.https://www.facebook.com/OfficialAzharEg/
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FILE - President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi - ReutersCAIRO – 4 June 2020: President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Thursday said Egypt continues its ongoing trials to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as he took part in the virtual Global Vaccines Summit chaired by the United Kingdom, the Egyptian Presidency said.In a recorded speech, Sisi has expressed the northeastern African country’s keenness, since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, to extend support to some sisterly countries worldwide, to ease the repercussions of the pandemic.Sisi said the coronavirus has proven the world’s need for solidarity and quick response to curb the spread of the disease and develop effective vaccines. He also affirmed the importance of providing these vaccines in a just way to everyone worldwide.Also, the president called on the international community to also focus on other infectious diseases, which the world has previously fought to avoid their spread. He called for providing routine vaccines against other deadly diseases.The president voiced Egypt’s readiness to transfer its successful experience in applying programs of compulsory vaccinations, which he said have contributed to limiting death and diseases among children.In February this year, the Egyptian Ministry of Health announced the implementation of the national campaign to vaccinate children against measles and rubella, also known as German measles, in all Egyptian governorates, from March 8 to March 26.Alaa Eid, a health ministry official, told Egypt Today that the campaign will vaccinate children of ages ranging from 9 months to 10 years in the border governorates, including Aswan, the Red Sea, the New Valley, North Sinai, South Sinai and Matrouh.Eid said the campaign is preventive and aims to keep the rate of these diseases low in Egypt. He noted that the border provinces are more vulnerable to injury due to geographical closeness to neighboring countries.Egypt has become free from these viruses, Eid said, adding that cases detected in the country are always people coming from abroad.Earlier in February, the ministry launched the national anti-polio campaign with an aim to vaccinate 16.5 million children. The campaign includes Egyptian and foreign children from the age of one day to five years old.An official source told Egypt Today that children should get the vaccination once, adding that it is safe and important for children to be immunized against the disease and that the vaccination will be provided to children under the supervision of the World Health Organization.In 2018, Egypt entered the final phase of eradicating the disease completely and to ensure that there are no new cases due to any viruses coming from abroad.The global strategy in polio eradication recommends introducing an additional dose via injection to the dose of oral vaccination in the fourth month, the remaining six doses to remain oral.
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U.S. Navy Lt. Gail Evangelista, nurse, assigned to Naval Hospital Rota, Spain, dons a facemask prior to interacting with a patient at the Michaud Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 16, 2020. Evangelista is part of a foCAIRO – 4 June 2020: The Egyptian Medical Syndicate mourned the death of a teacher at the Faculty of Medicine, Al-Azhar University in Damietta, who died of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Wednesday, which raises the total number of deaths among doctors to 38. "The total confirmed coronavirus cases among doctors reached 372 cases, of which 160 doctors are still receiving treatment, and about 80 doctors recovered completely," Karim Mesbah, member of the Medical Syndicate told Youm 7 newspaper.He added that the number of deaths reached 38, and the number of infections among doctors is expected to increase strongly during the coming days.On June 1, the Egyptian Ministry of Health announced that it will provide quarantine hospitals with 1 million drug doses of Vitamin D, as an important element to support the immune cells of the doctors treating coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. "This will help doctors as they stay for long periods inside hospitals without being subjected to sunlight," the Health Ministry said.Egypt recorded 1,152 new coronavirus, COVID-19 cases on June 2, raising the total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak in Egypt to 27,536.Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said in the daily briefing that 47 patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 1052. "As many as 380 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, taking the number of recovered cases to 6827 so far," the spokesman added.
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Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities granted health safety certificates to 14 hotels in the Red Sea, Alexandria, Cairo, Suez and Aswan governorates after finding that they meet all coronavirus health safety regulations. Ninety-nine hotels so far have obtained certificates Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Abdel Fattah al-Assi said in a statement made on Thursday. Joint inspection committees from the ministries of Tourism and Antiquities and Health and Population, the Chamber of Hotel Establishments, and local authorities in each governorate granted the certificates. Assi stated that hotels that have were examined but did not meet the requirements will be re-inspected at a later date. The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities called on citizens and tourism companies to only use hotels that have obtained a health safety certificate.
June 04, 2020 14:15 UTC
Some hotels in different Egyptian cities were allowed to receive a number of guests, after meeting health and safety standards – Courtesy of the Ministry of TourismFile- Hygiene Safety LogoCAIRO – 4 June 2020: Ministry of Tourism released a video explaining all the precautionary measures taken to protect tourists when hotels operate after a long suspension due to COVID-19 pandemic.Hotels will operate when they meet the requirements set by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Ministry of Health and Population in accordance with the World Health Organization guidelines.The video said that the first thing to re-assure tourists that hotels are following the precautionary measures is the Hygiene Safety Certificate.The hotels are awarded a health safety certificate, after fulfilling the required health regulations approved by the Cabinet in accordance with the guidelines of the World Health Organization.The Hygiene Safety Logo shows the sun disk blessing Egypt with its warm weather and providing its open-air places with their unique characteristics. This is in addition to Ankh, Udja and Senep that represent Life, Prosperity & Health to provide the hotels with the safety seal.Hotels will provide Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizers. Jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms, and massage session are suspended.Each hotel has a resident doctor, and an onsite clinic. A designated hotel nearby or hotel floor is allocated for quarantine of minor, non-critical and suspected cases. Also, there are hospitals within close proximity.Workers returning from vacation are quarantined before resuming work; and workers’ temperature is taken daily.Employees are educated on symptoms and precautionary measures against COVID-19, and separate housing is provided for employees.
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However, the perpetrators of certain crimes are not eligible for a pardon. These crimes comprise arms trafficking, terrorism, drug trafficking of more than 10 kilograms, “heroin” trade regardless of the quantity, and revenge killing. The decree was published in the official gazette.On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr in May, a total of 5,532 were released as per a presidential pardon, announced the Egyptian Ministry of Interior in a statement. Meanwhile, the rest of the inmates were released on parole.Earlier in May, a number of prisoners were released as per another presidential decree on the occasion of Sinai Liberation Day on April 25, as a series of presidential pardons have been issued during the past years. A total of 228 were pardoned as per the presidential decree, while 300 other inmates were released on parole.
June 04, 2020 13:52 UTC
Rahma - Facebooknull nullCAIRO - 4 June 2020: On her official Facebook account, popular Iraqi singer Rahma had announced that she and her family members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.“My family and I are all infected with COVID-19,” commented Rahma on her Facebook account.Rahma joins a number of artists and media personalities who have been infected with the coronavirus, most notably actress Ragaa el-Geddawi, singer Nihal Nabil, anchorwoman Aya Abdel Rahman, media personality Dina Howaidaq, Reham el-Esseili and Karim Ramzy.It should be noted that Dr. Mohamed Reda, deputy director of the Abu Khalifa isolation hospital for quarantine, said that the health condition of Geddawi is stable, expressing his astonishment at the rumors that confirmed her death.Reda added that Geddawi’s daughter announced that she was in a stable condition after being placed on a ventilator. He explained that some people show mild symptoms and should be placed in house quarantine but are unnecessarily being isolated in hospitals.It is worth mentioning that Rahma and her family reside in Egypt.
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FILE - A charter flight - PixabayCAIRO – 4 June 2020: Cairo International Airport has applied a national recommendation to cancel quarantine for Egyptians coming from abroad, as a precautionary measure to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus, and apply home isolation instead, a source at the airport said.The decision has been applied on 450 stranded Egyptians who came recently from Beirut on three exceptional flights. The arrivals have been tested for coronavirus.Suspected coronavirus patients among passengers will be immediately isolated inside hospitals, the source added.Although Egypt has suspended flights due to the coronavirus crisis, the state’s flag carrier EgyptAir has operated several exceptional flights to many countries to bring the stranded nationals abroad.On April 22nd, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi noted that around 3,500 Egyptians are stranded abroad over coronavirus, affirming that authorities are committed to bringing them back despite "hard circumstances".Egypt reported 1,079 new coronavirus, COVID-19 cases, Wednesday, raising the total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak in Egypt to 28,615.Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said in the daily briefing that 36 patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 1,088.As many as 523 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, taking the number of recovered cases to 7,350 so far, the spokesman said.The number of coronavirus patients who had now been retested for the virus and received negative results has reached 8,371, he added.
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The Cannes Film Festival has selected Egyptian film “Souad” (2020) for its 73rd meeting, which was canceled due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. The movie, which was directed by filmmaker Ayten Amin, won the Projects in Development Award at the Gouna Film Festival in 2019. This is not the first Egyptian film to be shown at Cannes. “Souad” is Amin’s second feature film, following Villa 69 (2013), which was screened at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. “Souad” is also the first film written by screenwriter Mahmoud Ezzat.
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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Real Sociedad - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - March 7, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi prepares to take a penalty REUTERS/Albert GeaCAIRO - 4 June 2020: Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, missed Barcelona training session after suffering from an injury during Tuesday's training session.The Argentinan star has sustained an adductor injury and he is expected to miss the club's first game after LaLiga return against Real Mallorca.On the other hand, Barcelona striker Luis Suarez will be ready for the game as he benefitted from the football suspension amid coronavirus pandemic to recover his injury.The player was due to miss Barcelona season after undergoing a serious knee injury in January that forced him to miss Barcelona games till March.LaLiga returns on Thursday 11 June with Seville Derby behind closed doors between Sevilla and Real Betis at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.Barcelona will face Real Mallorca on Saturday 13 June away from home and the Catalan giants aim to achieve a strong restart to their campaign to defend the league title.
June 04, 2020 11:15 UTC
Raul of Schalke 04 celebrates his second goal against Hanover 96 during their German first division Bundesliga soccer match in Gelsenkirchen, April 8, 2012. REUTERS/Kai PfaffenbachCAIRO - 4 June 2020: Former Real Madrid and Schalke legend, Raul Gonzalez, becomes a potential candidate to coach Schalke, according to German reports.Raul is the current manager of Real Madrid's Castilla and he is highly admired by Schalke board and enjoys a great relationship with the fans.Schalke are suffering since the Bundesliga returned and they failed to get any point from their four games including a humiliating 4_0 loss against Borussia Dortmund.This poor form raised the speculations over the future of the club's current manager David Wagner.Raul, who is widely known for his 16-year stint with Real Madrid, wore the Royal Blues jersey between 2010 and 2012 and he managed to score 28 goals in 66 occasions.The former Spanish striker always revealed that Schalke fans has a special place in his heart and he would be happy to return to the club.
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FILE PHOTO: Vials of investigational coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment drug remdesivir are capped at a Gilead Sciences facility in La Verne, California, U.S. March 18, 2020. Picture taken March 18, 2020. Gilead Sciences Inc/Handout via REUTERSCAIRO – 4 June 2020: Egypt is about to use the anti-viral drug, Remdesivir (GS-5734), as part of its medical protocol to treat coronavirus patients, a health official said, adding that Hydroxychloroquine will continue to be included.Remdesivir was developed by the American biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences and has shown some good indications in coronavirus treatment.The Health Ministry’s scientific committee to combat coronavirus (COVID-19) has affirmed that Hydroxychloroquine shows good results with the coronavirus patients in Egypt and shows no harm, Hossam Hosny, head of the committee told dmc said. He, however, warned against taking any medication without medical advice.Hosny also called on those who have recently recovered from the novel virus to donate blood, a month after Egypt had announced starting treating coronavirus patients using plasma.Health Minister Hala Zayed earlier said Egypt has the required experience in the convalescent plasma therapy and that the ministry is working hard through scientific research to find treatment for coronavirus patients.Egypt reported 1,079 new coronavirus, COVID-19 cases, Wednesday, raising the total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak in Egypt to 28,615.Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said in the daily briefing that 36 patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 1,088.As many as 523 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, taking the number of recovered cases to 7,350 so far, the spokesman said.The number of coronavirus patients who had now been retested for the virus and received negative results has reached 8,371, he added.
June 04, 2020 11:03 UTC