Sources within EgyptAir confirmed it would organize a flight to return Egyptians left stranded in the US by the coronavirus pandemic before the end of this week.
Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Nabila Makram discussed with Minister of Civil Aviation Mohamed Manar Enabah operating airlines to New York and Washington to bring stranded Egyptians back home.
Cooperation continues between the two ministries to return Egyptians stuck in other countries following flight suspensions.
Makram said her ministry received requests to come back from Egyptian students left in the US, especially following the closure of universities.
EgyptAir previously said it operate flights to London, Paris and Kuwait to fly home Egyptians left stranded there.
Egypt’s flight suspension was originally set to last until March 31, but was extended this week through April 15.
The nation has also imposed a two-week nationwide curfew from 7 pm until 6 am beginning on Wednesday, March 25 and has extended school closures an additional two weeks to fight the spread of coronavirus.
On Saturday Egypt announced 40 new coronavirus cases and six additional deaths, bringing the total number of cases confirmed so far in the country to 576.
Thirty-six people have died from the virus in Egypt, as well as two senior military officers.
There have been over 668,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide and upwards of 31,040 deaths.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm