Closed beaches and parks, banned large gatherings, and restrictions on shop hours – these are restrictions to be introduced in Egypt. Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly spoke about the details on Wednesday. The reason for this decision is the growing number of coronavirus infections.
– As a government and as officials, we are deeply concerned that citizens are not fully complying with health protection rules. We are starting to see that outbreaks of infection are emerging in family clusters. When one person gets sick, then it infects the whole family – said Madbouly in a television speech.
Shops, malls and restaurants in Egypt will close at 9 pm for two weeks from Thursday. The prime minister also announced that large gatherings and concerts will be banned during the same period, and beaches and parks will be closed from May 12 to 16.
The latest restrictions will therefore include the last days of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, or thanksgiving, celebrated in Islam at the end of the holy month of fasting on May 13.
Coronavirus in Egypt
The number of new coronavirus infections in Egypt has been steadily increasing in recent weeks, and authorities warn of further spread of the infection, especially during family meetings on Ramadan.
In Egypt, 231,000 have been found so far. coronavirus infections and 13.5 thousand. fatal cases. Experts in the country, however, believe that the official COVID-19 figures are likely to reflect only a small fraction of cases and deaths due to relatively limited access to testing.
Authorities imposed severe restrictions at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, closing its airspace and establishing night curfews. However, since last June, many restrictions have been lifted.
The Egyptian government has been implementing a nationwide immunization program since January, but the COVID-19 preparation has so far only been taken by around 1 million people due to a limited number of vaccines. The government in Cairo expects to receive 4.9 million doses of different types of vaccines in May. The first delivery of AstraZeneki with 1.7 million doses is to arrive next week.
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