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28 Apr 2020 | 12:48 PM UTC

Egypt: Authorities extend state of emergency from April 28 amid COVID-19 pandemic /update 17

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Egyptian authorities extend state of emergency due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic; follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/27/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/28/2020, 10:59 PM (Africa/Cairo). COUNTRY/REGION Egypt

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On Tuesday, April 28, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency extension due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The declaration comes a day after Egyptian health ministry reported the country's highest single-day death toll at 20. The ministry further announced tha 248 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Monday, April 27, another new daily record since the beginning of the virus pandemic in the country.

Additionally, on Thursday, April 23, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced that Egypt's nighttime curfew will be extended through the month of Ramadan due to COVID-19 concerns. Ramadan will last until late May, likely between Saturday, May 23, and Sunday, May 24. Curfew hours will be adjusted during this period and will be enforced from 21:00 to 06:00 (local time). Madbouly added that the government expects to begin relaxing COVID-19-related restrictions after Ramadan.

As of March 25, public transportation has been halted, and most public services and government offices are closed to the public during curfew hours. Shops and malls, with the exception of groceries, bakeries, and pharmacies, will only be permitted to open from 07:00 to 17:00 daily.

As of Tuesday, April 28, authorities have confirmed 4782 COVID-19 cases nationwide, with 337 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is expected.


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.


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, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the virus.


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