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18 Jul 2020 | 03:01 PM UTC

Egypt: Over 85,000 COVID-19 cases reported as of July 18 /update 31

Egypt News Alert

Authorities confirm over 85,000 COVID-19 cases reported as of July 18; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/17/2020, 11:00 PM until 8/1/2020, 10:59 PM (Africa/Cairo). COUNTRY/REGION Egypt

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Event

As of Saturday, July 18, Egyptian authorities have recorded over 85,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), with the current total at 86,474 cases and 4188 associated fatalities.

Domestic and international flights resumed on July 1, with flights to 17 destinations in Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East, and China. Additionally, EgyptAir confirmed on Saturday, July 18, that commercial flights to a further 14 international destinations are to resume. While it was previously stated that social distancing measures will not be required aboard flights, EgyptAir has announced that details of health measures aboard flights will be communicated shortly. Social distancing measures and temperature checks are to be carried out prior to boarding. The resumed routes will connect Egypt to Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Milan, London, Juba, Amman, New York, Sharjah, and Tunisia, as well as two flights each to Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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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