President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has asked the government on April 4 to reschedule the launch of all national megaprojects planned for this year to 2021 due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, Invest-Gate reports.

The projects include the relocation developments at the New Administrative Capital (NAC), as well as the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, according to Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady’s Facebook official page.

El-Sisi’s directives came during his meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities Assem El-Gazzar, wherein the president reviewed the work strategy at many construction sites.

Madbouly said two days earlier that the government is studying the possibility of providing workplaces such as factories and construction sites with up to 1,000 vehicles which can function as mobile clinics, as part of an initiative led by Health Minister Hala Zayed.

The mobile clinics can support workers with the necessary medical services and assist in taking the necessary prompt measures if any COVID-19 cases are found.

In early April, El Gazzar announced that the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) is currently investing EGP 55 bn in a number of under-construction national projects including new cities. Other developments underway are the Maspero Triangle, Ahl Misr Promenade, and social housing projects, he added.