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24 juin 2020 | 19h08 UTC

Egypt: Authorities ease COVID-19 restrictions /update 29

Egypt Alerte de sécurité

Egyptian authorities ease COVID-19 restrictions; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 23/6/2020, 11h00 until 1/7/2020, 10h59 (Africa/Cairo). COUNTRY/REGION Egypt

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Event

On Tuesday, June 23, Egyptian authorities announced that certain restrictions in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) would be eased from Saturday, June 27. Cafes, restaurants, places of worships, cinemas, cultural centers, and sports facilities will be permitted to partially reopen. Cafes and restaurants will be limited to 25-percent capacity, and will have to close by 22:00 (local time). Shops will have to close by 21:00. A cabinet spokesman announced that this new closing time is to remain in place after all other coronavirus disease measures have been lifted as a permanent restriction. Cinemas, cultural centers, and sports clubs will also be limited to 25-percent capacity, and places of worship will not be permitted to hold weekend services. Beaches and public parks will remain closed and shisha bars will not be permitted to reopen. The nationwide curfew will be reduced to 00:00 to 04:00.

Egyptian authorities have announced that they will allow scheduled international flights to resume operations and foreign tourist resorts to reopen 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, June 24, health authorities have confirmed 58,141 COVID-19 cases and 2365 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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