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01 Jul 2020 | 08:55 PM UTC

Egypt: National carrier announces resumption of flights from July 1 /update 30

Egypt News Alert

National carrier EgyptAir announces resumption of flights from July 1; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/30/2020, 11:00 PM until 7/8/2020, 10:59 PM (Africa/Cairo). COUNTRY/REGION Egypt

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Event

EgyptAir officials have announced that international commercial flights will resume from Wednesday, July 1, following a suspension due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Social distancing measures will not be required aboard the flights, although the wearing of facemasks will be mandatory. Testing will be carried out prior to boarding, and those with a temperature higher than 38C (100F) will be subjected to further testing and may be refused boarding. EgyptAir will operate flights to 17 destinations in Europe, four in Africa, four in the Middle East, three in North America, and to Guangzhou in China.

Egyptian authorities eased COVID-19 measures on Saturday, June 27. Cafes, restaurants, places of worships, cinemas, cultural centers, and sports facilities reopened, with cafes and restaurants limited to 25-percent capacity and a 22:00 (local time) closing time. Shops must close by 21:00. A cabinet spokesman announced that these new closing times are to remain in place after all other coronavirus disease measures have been lifted as a permanent restriction. Cinemas, cultural centers, and sports clubs are also limited to 25-percent capacity, and places of worship are not permitted to hold weekend services. Beaches, public parks and shisha bars remain closed. The nationwide curfew has been reduced to 00:00 to 04:00.

Egyptian authorities permitted the reopening of foreign tourist resorts in coastal areas from July 1. Resorts will only be allowed to operate at a limited capacity and will need to prove their ability to implement strict mitigation measures.

The wearing of face masks remains mandatory in closed public spaces, including in government buildings, private offices, malls, and retail outlets, as well as public transport including private taxis. Fines may be issued for non-compliance to government directives.

As of Wednesday, July 1, health authorities have confirmed 68,311 COVID-19 cases and 2953 associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

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, 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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