The Egyptian government has extended the hours that certain parts of the retail sector are permitted to open from Sunday, July 26. Under the new regulations, cafes and restaurants will be able to stay open until midnight (local time), as opposed to the current 22:00 restriction. They will also be permitted to operate at 50 percent capacity, up from 25 percent currently. Shops, including malls, will also see their opening hours extended from 21:00 to 22:00.
Egypt began easing restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from the end of June. Whilst most sections of the economy have reopened, many must adhere to restricted capacity criteria and other health measures. Public transport has resumed but is prohibited from operating between 00:00 and 04:00. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government building, private offices, malls, retail outlets, and on public transport, including taxis.
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 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.
As of Thursday, July 23, health authorities have confirmed 89,078 COVID-19 cases and 4399 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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.
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 COVID-19 call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.
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