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Egypt’s Home Delivery Services Continue amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Egypt’s Home Delivery Services Continue amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Monday, 23 March, 2020 - 11:00
A delivery worker in Cairo wears a protective face mask and gloves, Asharq Al-Awsat
Cairo - Safaa Ashour

Despite the challenges facing them amid the coronavirus outbreak, home delivery workers continue to work the streets of Egypt's major cities. In Egypt, ministries had banned the entry of delivery workers to their premises in fear that they could be a factor in spreading the COVID-19 disease.

Home delivery services by restaurants in Egypt are vital for individuals and families who rely heavily on them to provide their needs of takeaway food. Digital marketing services for meals and customized food that provide meals similar to those prepared at home are also very popular in the African country.

Some owners of home delivery companies, such as Ashraf Ahmed, confirm that the demand for delivery orders took a nosedive during the past days with Egypt experiencing a wave of bad weather alongside the rise of the coronavirus crisis.

Ahmed, however, believes that client demand could bounce back after new decisions are issued on reducing opening hours of restaurants and shops.

“Our company staff adheres to safety guidelines to prevent coronavirus, so they keep wearing a protective face mask, gloves, and wipe their hands constantly with sterilizer,” Ahmed told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Neither the World Health Organization nor Egyptian authorities issued recommendations against the usage of home delivery services for food and commodities.

Abdullah Ahmed, a restaurant owner in Cairo, confirmed that home delivery rates have remained stable throughout the last few months. However, the number of diners at the restaurant had dramatically dropped.

Instructional videos by Egyptian medics circulated on social media warned of infection with the coronavirus in the event of ordering food delivery. The videos recommended that customers do not touch the plastic bags of the food that is delivered without hand gloves, and that the meals be reheated before consuming.

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