- Title: Egypt's schools shut after governement announces two-week closure
- Date: 15th March 2020
- Summary: CAIRO, EGYPT (MARCH 15, 2020) (REUTERS) CARS PASSING IN FRONT OF SCHOOL ENTRANCE TO GAMAL ABDEL NASSER GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL CLOSED SCHOOL GATE VARIOUS OF ENTRANCE TO TALAEE-ISLAMIC SCHOOL CLOSED SCHOOL GATE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) GRANDFATHER AND ENGINEER, YEHIA HASSAN, SAYING: "It's the right decision, like I've already mentioned to you, it's the right decision to protect our children. So, this is good." EXTERIOR OF SCHOOL VARIOUS OF "SLOW DOWN" SIGN IN FRONT OF SCHOOL (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ENGINEER, ALY ASHRAF, SAYING: "[This could take] months or more. I work at the new capital and I'm worried that if one person there is infected with coronavirus, all of Egypt will get it, because two thirds of workers there are coming from outside of the city- so if one got infected, they'll go back and infect their entire village. I'm scared for myself and my siblings." EXTERIOR OF SCHOOL VARIOUS OF SCHOOL WINDOWS CARS AND PEOPLE PASSING IN FRONT OF SCHOOL VARIOUS OF CLOSED SCHOOL GATES VIEW OF EMPTY PLAYGROUND INSIDE CLOSED SCHOOL SEEN THROUGH GATE CARS DRIVING IN FRONT OF SCHOOL
- Keywords: Coronavirus schools shutdown universities
- Reuters ID: LVA001C55X1S7
- Location: CAIRO, EGYPT
- City: CAIRO, EGYPT
- Country: Egypt
- Duration: 00:01:59
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Egypt announced to close schools and universities for two weeks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as the number of cases reached 110 on Saturday (March 14) with two deaths reported.
The suspension of classes from Sunday follows previously announced measures including the cancellation of large public gatherings, restrictions on the time allocated for mass prayers and the halting of local soccer league matches for two weeks.
Engineer Aly Ashraf said it was now unclear whether his siblings, who have been told private lessons have been suspended as well, had to study or not at this point.
He was also concerned about the spread of the disease, he said. "[This could take] months, or more. I work at the new capital and I'm worried that if one person there is infected with corona virus, all of Egypt will get it, because two thirds of workers there are coming from outside of the city- so if one got infected, they'll go back and infect their entire village. I'm scared for myself and my siblings."
Egypt has also taken measures aimed at reassuring tourists that it is safe to visit the country after passengers contracted the coronavirus on a Nile river cruise ship.
Hundreds of tourists and tourism workers have been tested for the virus, and hotel facilities and cruise ships in Luxor and Aswan have been sanitized.
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