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29 May 2020 | 03:53 PM UTC

Egypt: Authorities announce COVID-19 curfew from May 30 /update 25

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Egyptian authorities announce new COVID-19 overnight curfew from May 30; abide by government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/29/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/15/2020, 10:59 PM (Africa/Cairo). COUNTRY/REGION Egypt

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Egyptian authorities announced on Friday, May 29, that a new overnight curfew will come into effect from Saturday, May 30, in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli announced that the 20:00 to 06:00 (local time) curfew will be in force from May 30 for a period of 15 days.

All restaurants, bars, night clubs, shopping centers, entertainment facilities, and other non-essential shops will remain closed during this period.

Official sources reported on Tuesday, May 26, that face masks will be made compulsory on trains and metros in Egypt from May 30, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Railways Authority has announced that commuters will not be allowed to travel without a face mask, and those found traveling without one may be fined. The government also stated that from May 30, those using any public or private transport, or entering public spaces, will be required to wear face masks. Several private and public establishments have already introduced this requirement for customers.

On May 19, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly released a statement announcing that the suspension of all international passenger flights will be extended until further notice. Flights were originally suspended on March 19. Restrictions on movement are expected to remain in place until at least June 13.

As of May 29, health authorities have confirmed 20,793 COVID-19 cases and 845 associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


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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