Sunday, January 17, 2021

Coronavirus on the Nile : COVID-19 ups and downs

Time for our new two-weeks Live Updates post about everything Coronavirus in Egypt and the Arab world.

After an increase in the official number of coronavirus cases in Egypt, last week the numbers declined officially.

I am saying officially because you still hear more cases of coronavirus in your circles in Egypt nowadays.

It is enough to know that the Egyptian Medical syndicate recorded 31 fatalities of its members alone due to coronavirus in the first ten days of coronavirus.

In a Coronavirus isolation hospital in Egypt by Ahmed Gomaa
In a Coronavirus isolation hospital in Egypt by Ahmed Gomaa 

Personally, our family had its first fatality due to coronavirus, my mom’s cousin who already suffered kidney disease and due to her infection with coronavirus, she had a kidney failure.

Like many Egyptians, it was a hard thing to find a place for her in an ICU and she ended up in a private hospital on a ventilator before passing away. May Allah bless her soul and bring patience to her family.

In those upcoming days, the Egyptian government should start its vaccination process

Egypt’s Drugs Authority “EDA” had already approved the emergency use of China’s Sinopharma vaccine and set up a website so people can register but up till now, the vaccination process has not started yet.

It is worth to mention that according to previous statements of health officials predicted that the peak of the coronavirus’ second wave would be in late January.

Regionally, the Gulf states continue successfully in its vaccination programs. Algeria’s President is back to Germany to complete his coronavirus treatment. The numbers of coronavirus cases are surging in Lebanon for real. It is unclear how Lebanon can book vaccines with a financial crisis.

Anyhow please stay safe and stay home as much as you can.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Coronavirus on the Nile: Eleven months of COVID-19 in Egypt in graphs

Another monthly post as part of the COVID-19 coverage in Egyptian Chronicles.

This time it is a quick look into COVID-19 numbers in Egypt after eleven months since its arrival to the country in February 2020.

A photo from an Egyptian hospital during the pandemic  "Ahmed Gomaa"
A photo from an Egyptian hospital during the pandemic 
"Ahmed Gomaa" 
We are officially in the second wave of the pandemic.

They are all based on official numbers released by the Egyptian Health Ministry.

Click on the tabs to move to each graph.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Coronavirus on the Nile: Egypt’s COVID-19 December numbers in Graph

This is the time of our monthly post about the coronavirus pandemic and its numbers in graphs.

Needless to say,  December 2020 witnessed a leap in the cases of coronavirus as well as its fatalities and recoveries.

In December 2020, we did not have only an official recognition that we are in the second wave of coronavirus.

The New Year’s Eve celebrations were cancelled. More restrictions were issued once again above them reducing the Not-wearing-the-face-mask in public from LE 4,000 to LE 50 to make it more realistic.

Egyptians wearing masks in a metro station in Cairo 

Schools are back to be online and more companies are back to work from home or rotation system to reduce work in closed offices.

If you live in Egypt, you will know that as you will find someone in your circle or family’s circle or friend’s circle who tested positive for coronavirus.

The official numbers increased from 400s in December’s first week to 1,400s in the last two days of the month.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Seen in Cairo : Saints Constantine and Helena Church in Downtown Cairo “Merry Orthodox Christmas”

This post should have been on the blog hours earlier but thanks to what happened on the Capitol earlier on Wednesday, it is published early 7th January morning.

Merry Christmas to all dear Orthodox Christians especially Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christians celebrating the Christmas on the eve of 7th January.

On this occasion, I would like to share a photo of Saints Constantine and Helena Church in Downtown Cairo. 

Saints Constantine and Helena Church in Downtown Cairo.
Saints Constantine and Helena Church

Inaugurated in 1913 by the Greek Community in Cairo, Saints Constantine and Helena Church is a Greek Orthodox Church. 

It was renovated two years ago.

I attended a wedding inside it in 2007 and it is so beautiful from inside.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Kodak Agfa Presents : Golden Hour photos in Marina 2020

Happy New year, this is the first Kodak Agfa post in the year 2021

This is one of the best Kodak Agfa’s photographic moments in 2020.

Marina's Golden Hour in Egypt's North Coast
The Golden hour aka a late August sunset 

The golden hour in Marina Alamein in late August.

For the first time, I managed to photograph the amazing golden hour in a perfect moment. 

Friday, January 1, 2021

Coronavirus on the Nile : A New year , Same old pandemic "Live Updates"

First of all happy new, this is the first post in 2021.

A new year where we hope that will witness inshallah some sort of an end to this awful pandemic that is still paralyzing the world.

Hopefully, most of us will get the vaccines inshallah and hopefully, the virus won’t mutate again.

I hope that the world will heal its wounds in 2021 inshallah.

Egypt's celebration of the new year at Rod El-Farg bridge "EPA"
Egypt's celebration of the new year at Rod El-Farg bridge "EPA"

Now back to our 15-days-post with our daily coronavirus news from Egypt and the Arab world.

I must hint out that the Egyptian government is bracing for tougher coronavirus days in the country in January. I expect more cases in the upcoming two weeks because it seems that people celebrated the New Year's Eve regardless of the government's decision banning any celebrations. 

Personally, I hear more cases every day in my circle. 

Anyhow here is our daily live updates from Egypt and the Arab world

Happy New Year 2021 From Egyptian Chronicles

 Happy New Year 2021 from Egyptian Chronicles to all its readers and friends around the globe :) 

May all your dreams come true in the new year :)))

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Egyptian Chronicles’ Movers and Shakers of 2020

Welcome to the 2020 edition of Egyptian Chronicles' Movers and Shakers.
Here is my list of those I believe that have been the shakers and movers of 2020.
I started writing down this post at 2:44 PM, yet once again my epic procrastination and being burned out for the year rules.

It is not procrastination, more than it is being burned out between work and anxiety this year.

I guess this year one must be thankful for because it taught us that there are some fundamental things we took for granted but we learned in 2020 about their importance above them health, freedom of movement and family.

That tiny virus coming from China’s Wahun turned the world upside and down and it will take a lot to recover.

We are still on a verge of a new world that is shaping as a result of the economic and political consequences and repercussion of that pandemic.

I feel sorry for everyone who lost a relative or a friend in this pandemic. I feel sorry for everyone who lost his or her job or business because of this pandemic.

Hopefully inshallah 2021 will be better.

Now enough of that wise talk and let’s go to our movers and shakers
This is not the list of the top people but rather those made an impact whether positive or negative based on my own views
This list is without any order.

These names were the ones that came into my mind in those few hours.

Locally :

Nadeen Ashraf, Mayar Sherif, Hala Zayed and Afsha 

  • Egypt’s Health sector workers: The current frontline protecting millions of Egyptians despite we are not the richest the country in the world. Egypt’s Health sector lost more nearly 300 people from doctors, nurses, physicians and administrators and they are still standing up as much as they can. This year we know first hand that the health sector is truly part of our national security.
  • Egyptian Medical Syndicate: For defending the rights of Doctors’ long lost financial rights and speaking up despite the attacks and accusations.
  • Egypt’s Health Minister Hala Zayed: A year to remember for Zayed who will not forget 2020 by all measures. I do not have doubt in my mind that when she swore in as a minister, she did not image things would turn like this and her ministry would be in the focus. I am waiting for her memories already.
  • Egypt’s Education Minister Tarek Shawky: Usually the ministers of education in Egypt are under fire but this man is under double fire with his plan to upgrade the education system “The ultimate dream of every education minister in Egypt since I was a student” or his decisions to continue study in schools despite coronavirus “a  decision which is always cancelled by a presidential directive to save the days and kids winning the hearts of the concerned parents. Shawky Vs. Mommies are still on.FYI, he may not be in the upcoming cabinet