Tuesday 30th March 2021
Dr. Mustafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, during his presidency today of the meeting of the Supreme Committee for the Management of the Coronavirus Crisis, in the presence of a number of ministers and officials, that this meeting came with the aim of announcing the precautionary rules and procedures that must be applied and adhered to during the blessed month of Ramadan, in the context of keenness to avoid Some of the rituals that Egyptians become accustomed to during the holy month have caused a new increase in the number of people infected with the Coronavirus, similar to what happened last year.
The Prime Minister stressed that the state will implement with the utmost firmness the precautionary measures that are taken and that must be followed during the holy month of Ramadan to protect the health and safety of citizens and society, especially with regard to the obligation to wear a mask, especially in gathering places, with continuous monitoring of mass transit means, while collecting the fines imposed on Immediately, to reduce complacency in this matter.
The Supreme Committee for the Management of the Coronavirus Crisis decided to allow prayers to be performed in mosques as well as Tarawih prayers during the month of Ramadan, provided that all precautionary measures are applied, with a commitment to reduce Tarawih prayers, so that they do not exceed half an hour.
It was also agreed not to allow the establishment of any Ramadan tables, as well as not to allow i’tikaaf or tahajjud prayer in mosques, and to emphasize the prohibition of holding any large gatherings in closed places, such as mourning marquees, or celebrations in the role of events, with an assurance that there will be continuous follow-up. From the Ministry of Endowments and the concerned authorities to implement these procedures and adhere to them.
The committee also decided to implement the summer appointments for closing and opening shops, restaurants and the like, starting from Saturday April 17th, and to assign the ministers of tourism, antiquities and local development to issue the necessary decisions, while adhering to the established presence ratios that ensure public safety in restaurants, cafeterias, and others.
It was agreed during the meeting to resume various sports competitions for juniors, to give sports incentive to students of different educational levels, and not to allow Ramadan courses to be held in open or closed places.
Dr. Hala Zayed, Minister of Health and Population, presented a report dealing with the results of a comparison between the first and second wave of the emerging corona virus, with regard to the rate of infections and deaths, as the minister confirmed that the comparison revealed an increase in the number of infections during the first wave of the pandemic, coinciding with the month of Ramadan 2020, especially In the second week of the holy month, an increase in the number of deaths followed in the third week of the holy month, indicating in this regard the need to maintain social distancing measures and wear masks in anticipation of the coming period, and not to allow gatherings in closed places.
Dr. Hala Zayed pointed out that the strictness in taking precautionary measures, especially wearing masks, was the most effective measure that affected the decrease in the numbers of Coronavirus infections during the first wave, compared to other precautionary measures taken in March 2020, such as closing schools, banning flights, and curfews Partial, which forces the continued application of these measures.
Dr. Hala Zayed, Minister of Health and Population, presented to the Supreme Committee a number of recommendations related to safe practices during the month of Ramadan to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. And the flow of people when attending and leaving places of worship, as well as disinfecting mosques with disinfectants between each prayer and the next, and closing all water coolers in mosques, in addition to the need to wear a muzzle, bring a special prayer rug, and not accompany children, and the elderly and people with chronic diseases are also advised to pray at home.
During the meeting, the minister also reviewed the position of receiving vaccines at the level of Egypt and the world, as well as the position of providing and manufacturing Corona virus vaccines in Egypt, noting that starting from tomorrow, about 854 thousand doses are expected to arrive, through cooperation with the dry “Covax”.
With regard to the developments in the clinical situation of the emerging corona virus, the minister indicated that there are new symptoms that may appear on a Corona virus patient, including severe inflammation of the eye membrane, and the spread of a rash, in addition to the sense of hearing affected, the occurrence of pain and palpitations, as well as fatigue and severe pain in the body In addition to a headache.
For his part, Major General Mahmoud Tawfiq, Minister of the Interior, confirmed that he had directed to double campaigns to control violations, whether those resulting from not wearing the muzzle inside mass transport, or in commercial centers, interests and government agencies.
Major General Mahmoud Shaarawi, Minister of Local Development, also presented the measures taken by the executive bodies in the governorates. To follow up on the implementation of the precautionary measures, and in this regard, the minister indicated the number of stores and cafes that a decision was taken to close due to their violation of previous decisions regarding precautionary measures.
Major General Bahaa El Din Zeidan confirmed during the meeting of the Supreme Committee for the Management of the Coronavirus Crisis, that there is full cooperation between the Ministries of Health and Population, and Higher Education and Scientific Research. In order to provide all the medicines and medical supplies, adding that sufficient quantities of oxygen are available.