The Egyptian authorities have slightly reduced the imposed nighttime curfew by one hour between 20:00 and 05:00 (local time) with immediate effect as of Sunday, May 31. A nationwide curfew was initially introduced in March, in efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, and previously ran between 20:00 and 06:00.
Wearing face masks remains mandatory in all public places and work places. Authorities announced that from Saturday, May 30, face masks will be made compulsory on trains and metros in Egypt. The National Railways Authority 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, including shops, banks, markets, and government private institutions, will be required to wear face masks. Several private and public establishments have already introduced this requirement for customers. Those found to be violating this measure will be subject to a fine of up to EGP4000.
Some governmental services have reportedly resumed operations, including some court sessions and licensing vehicles. Governmental administrative services, including though not limited to passport services, emigration and nationality, and civil status services, resumed operations from Monday, June 1. Further easing of restrictions and resumption of business operations are to be expected in the coming weeks. Individuals will be required to continue practising social distancing and hygiene measures.
On May 19, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced 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. Schools, universities, mosques and churches remain closed and public gatherings remain banned.
As of May 31, health authorities have confirmed 26,384 COVID-19 cases and 1005 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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