Women pose in front of Sphinx at the Great Pyramids of Giza after reopening for tourist visits, following the outbreak of the coronavirus in Cairo. Reuters
Amendments made to Egypt's constitution last year provided for the creation of the Council of Senators, a 180-member secondary chamber that will be two-thirds elected by the public and the remainder appointed by the president.
"Holding elections during the pandemic that has swept the world necessitates that we take several precautionary measures to protect ourselves and society," Ibrahim said during a televised press conference.
He said all polling stations will observe health guidelines, with all voters and polling staff required to wear masks, and social distancing measures will be enforced.
Egypt reported 1,485 new cases of coronavirus bringing the total number of infections to 72,711, including 3,201 deaths.
The poll results will be announced on Aug.19 in the official state gazette, Ibrahim said.
Infected people or those under mandatory quarantine are usually confined to home, with electronic wristbands monitoring their movements.
Thailand’s election results were due on Monday, with the junta appearing poised to hold on to power in a vote that saw its main rival diminished but vaulted a new pro-democracy force into the kingdom’s politics.
Around 90,000 polling stations across the country opened at 8 a.m., and will close at 5 p.m., reports Efe news. Voters will elect 500 members of the House of Representatives, the lower house, for a four-year term.
Tens of thousands of protesters marched in support of Palestinians on Saturday in major European cities including London, Berlin, Madrid and Paris.
The big winner was from Egypt, Asmaa Al Awani, who won the grand prize, a brand-new BMW car, while 5 shoppers won shopping worth Dhs5,000, 10 winners won Dhs2,500 shopping vouchers, and 10 lucky shoppers won a cash prize worth Dhs1,000 for each.
Cases have fallen steadily in some Indian states hit by an initial surge in infections, such as the richest state of Maharashtra and the capital New Delhi, after they imposed stringent lockdowns. Testing rates also at their lowest since Sunday.
The NCOC late last month announced a new set of restrictions including a blanket ban on tourism and inter-provincial transport in an attempt to contain a further rise in already mounting coronavirus cases under the "Stay Home, Stay Safe” strategy.