Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly ordered on Wednesday governors to provide all the medical supplies needed to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in public and university hospitals.
Madbouly added that the country may at some point need to use the services provided by university hospitals in the fight to curb the virus.
Madbouly’s remarks came during a video conference with Egypt’s governors and Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy. In the meeting, Madbouly said that university hospitals may also receive Covid-19 patients, with the government to put a clear plan for the full use of all medical services. He emphasised that the coronavirus outbreak in Egypt is until now under control.
Madbouly ordered governors to adhere to a strict enforcement of the curfew, without obstructing the movement of trucks. He stressed that the government needs to cooperate with factories, helping them to continue manufacturing at full capacity, in addition to monitoring port activities to ensure the economy is not negatively affected.
The meeting also tackled the availability of food commodities, in which Madbouly directed the governors to make a daily, accurate review of the stocks in each governorate. The move is to ensure that there are no food shortages during this crisis.
Madbouly also instructed governors to follow the process of distributing free internet cards to first and secondary students nationwide. This is to ensure that students can access the digital content knowledge bank outside schools, and for them to perform their online examinations. The cards are to be distributed in schools instead of telecommunications outlets to prevent overcrowding.