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COVID-19 crisis management based on science, professionalism: Al-Sisi

47% of Alexandria’s population live in unplanned housing, says Housing Minister

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said, on Thursday, that crisis management of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is based on science and professionalism.

He added that Egypt’s healthcare system is dealing with a range of health needs, including battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Al-Sisi’s comments came during the inauguration of the Civilizational Development Project, the “Fishermen of Basheer Al-Khair Three” fishermen’s shelter in Alexandria.

The government welcomes collaboration with investors on new urban projects, Al-Sisi added.

During the inauguration, Al-Sisi said that a state of law regarding unlicensed buildings must be established, and anyone caught constructing unlicensed buildings in Egypt must be punished.

Also speaking at the inauguration, Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Development Asem El-Gazzar said that 47% of Alexandria residents live in unplanned housing.

He noted that the government is facing many challenges as part of its EGP 3.5bn redevelopment of slums.

Minister of Transportation, Kamel Al-Wazir, noted, however, that Egypt has jumped about 90 places, to rank 28th in the world for the quality of roads.

The Road Quality Indicator, which assesses the quality of roads worldwide, is one of the components published in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual Global Competitiveness Index .

The Bashayer Al-Khair Three project, which continues on from Bashayer Al-Khair One and Two, is considered a qualitative leap providing adequate housing for residents of the Maawa El Sayadin slum, or fishermen’s shelter area.

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, has said that scientific and academic coordination is ongoing for managing the coronavirus pandemic.

Abdul Ghaffar expects a decrease in infection rates during the first week of June, and that significant efforts to curb the spread of the virus are ongoing,

He added that Egypt may see a peak of 37,000 coronavirus infections by the end of the pandemic.

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