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Schools delayed till Oct. 3.

CAIRO: Following a Prime Minister Ahmed NazifAa Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif Dr. Ahmed Nazif (Arabic: أحمد نظيف ) (born July 8 1952 in Alexandria) has served as the Prime Minister of Egypt since 14 July 2004.  and the Governors Council Thursday as part of Egypt's measures to prevent the potential spread of the swine flu swine flu
n.
A highly contagious form of human influenza caused by a filterable virus identical or related to a virus formerly isolated from infected swine.
 virus,Aa the PMAa announced that schools will be postponed till Oct. 3 not the Sept 26 as it was announced earlier.

Nazif added that the government may not allow Hajj hajj (häj), the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, one of the five basic requirements (arkan or "pillars") of Islam. Its annual observance corresponds to the major holy day id al-adha,  pilgrimage this year if the virus spreads more among Egyptians and if the vaccine does not reach Egypt before the Hajj begins in two months time.

In related news, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (sä`dē ərā`bēə, sou`–, sô–), officially Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, kingdom (2005 est. pop.  has issued a list of regulations to be adhered to by all pilgrims Pilgrims, in American history, the group of separatists and other individuals who were the founders of Plymouth Colony. The name Pilgrim Fathers is given to those members who made the first crossing on the Mayflower.  to be allowed to enter Saudi Arabia for Hajj.

The Saudi officials said no one will be given entry permission until the authorities verify the health certificate and make sure that the pilgrim is not infected in·fect  
tr.v. in·fect·ed, in·fect·ing, in·fects
1. To contaminate with a pathogenic microorganism or agent.

2. To communicate a pathogen or disease to.

3. To invade and produce infection in.
 by any type of flu including the regular seasonal flu.

They added that official health certificates, which must be approved by the health ministry ofAa the pilgrim's country, should be delivered to Saudi Arabian officials at least two weeks before their date of arrival to get their entry visas.

If the H1N1 vaccine is available before Hajj, the statement added, then all pilgrims will be required to take it in advance.

Some international pharmaceutical companies announced that they have successfully managed to produce a new vaccine for the H1N1 virus.

In Egypt, the official cabinet spokesman Magdy Raday announced on Thursday that the total number of deaths from H1N1 in the world has reached 3,491 deaths and that the virus has spread among 193 countries.

According to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 Rady the Middle East area has witnessed 9,945 infected cases and 81 deaths in 21 countries.

"There were 26 deaths in Saudi Arabia, 21 in Israel, 12 in Oman and those three countries constitute 20 percent of the total number of deaths in the region," Rady said.

Egypt has only reported two deaths.

Rady also added that Egypt currently has five million packs of Tamiflu, the drug used to treat H1N1 flu and that the government has secured a deal to receive five million doses of the new vaccine over several stages.

"Egypt will get 80,000 doses of the new vaccine by next October, 1 million in Jauary, 1,137,000 million in March, 550,000 in April and 2 million in May."

Rady further added that Egypt has 300,000 doses of the seasonal flu vaccine


    The flu vaccine is a vaccine to protect against the highly variable influenza virus.

    The annual flu kills an estimated 36,000 people in the United States.
     and 45,000 masks.

    Until time of press, Egypt's total number of infected cases had reached 860 and the average age of infected patients is 22, according to the Ministry's of Health official press release.

    The ministry has detected 15 new cases on Friday.

    The number of recovered cases has reached 763.

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