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    ICT Minister Suspends Activities, Events Involving Mass Gatherings for Two Weeks

    Cairo, 16 March 2020

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has issued a decree to suspend all the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) activities, events, conferences and training courses, that involve large gatherings of employees, trainees and citizens, for two weeks, to protect them from Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

    This is in addition to suspending all the activities of MCIT affiliates, including the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), the National Telecommunication Institute (NTI), the Information Technology Institute (ITI), the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and Egypt National Post Organization (ENPO).

    The decree comes within the framework of the precautionary measures taken by the state to face COVID-19 and prevent it from spreading, thus preserving citizensí lives.

    Moreover, MCIT made available infrared thermometers in all its premises to measure the body temperature of all staff and visitors, on daily basis. This comes as part of the preventive measures that MCIT has taken to keep its employees safe and maintain continuity and efficiency of work.

    MCIT started with suspending the fingerprint attendance system and all direct internal meetings, and holding them by video conference. It also urged its employees to work from home, with making available the necessary infrastructure and setting regulatory and governance frameworks to ensure work is performed as perfectly as possible.

    In addition, MCIT took a number of measures to prevent infection of employees, including sterilizing and cleaning all MCIT offices, regularly.

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