Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli on Thursday said the world has recorded a million coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, including around 850 cases in Egypt.
CAIRO – 2 April 2020: Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli on Thursday said the world has recorded a million coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, including around 850 cases in Egypt.
This raises the official number announced by the Health Ministry on Wednesday evening by about 71 cases, making it the largest daily toll announced by the northeastern African country so far.
Madbouli did not announce the number of deaths. However, the Egyptian Health Ministry on Wednesday announced six new deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 52. The number has likely increased.
In a press conference, Madbouli said the Health Ministry has provided 1,000 fully equipped vehicles serving as mobile clinics, to test citizens nationwide for the novel virus.
The figures of people infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) in Egypt may increase during the next week, Madbouli noted, but they will still be within the middle safe range, as long as this increase is gradual.
He urged citizens inhabiting densely populated governorates to show further commitment to the preventive measures against the spread of the deadly virus.
Since mid-March, the Egyptian government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting with suspending schools and universities. It also suspended the international flights to mid-April.
Furthermore, a dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed, while all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops shut down completely until April 14, 2020.
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Tuesday has praised the outcome of the measures taken by the state and called on citizens to stick to them.
"The so-far achieved results of the precautionary measures to confront coronavirus (COVID-19) spread in Egypt are good and reassuring," the president said.
“Therefore, I urge all of you to continue following and implementing these measures in order for all of us to go through this crisis and preserve the safety of our home and people.”