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14 Mar 2020 | 09:24 PM UTC

Egypt: Country to close schools, universities for two weeks from March 15 over COVID-19 concerns /update 6

Egypt News Alert

Egypt to close schools and universities for two weeks from March 15 over coronavirus disease (COVID-19) concerns; further international spread of COVID-19 to be expected over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/14/2020, 12:00 AM until 3/28/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Cairo). COUNTRY/REGION Egypt

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Event

On Saturday, March 14, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced that Egypt would close its schools and universities for two weeks from Sunday, March 15, over concerns regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The move comes after authorities recently announced the cancelation of large public gatherings, the suspension of football matches, and constraints on time for mass prayers for a two-week period.

As of March 14, Egypt had confirmed over 100 cases of COVID-19 in the country and two associated deaths.

Further international spread of COVID-19 is expected over the coming days and weeks.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.

 

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