Rita Ora apologizes after breaking quarantine following Cairo concert

Dec 7, 2020

British pop star Rita Ora is facing criticism for flying to Egypt for a concert and then violating the mandatory two-week quarantine upon her return to the United Kingdom.

The “Anywhere” singer flew to Cairo on Nov. 21 to perform at a hotel and returned to the UK the next day. On Nov. 28, Ora attended a birthday party for herself with around 30 guests, the British tabloid The Daily Mail reported on Sunday.

People entering the UK from Egypt must isolate for 14 days upon their arrival. Some Middle Eastern states are exempt from this rule, but Egypt is not one of them.

In a statement published by British media today, Ora apologized for flaunting the quarantine rules. She said the Cairo concert was a “corporate event for a private company” and that she tested negative upon her arrival to Egypt, as is required.

The Daily Mail reported that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attended Ora’s concert, citing an unnamed source. The president has not commented on this, however, and there is no other record of his attendance. The Arabic-language Egyptian news outlet Cairo 24 also reported that Sisi attended, but only cited The Daily Mail.

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