Egypt considers resuming domestic tourism amid coronavirus crisis: Cabinet



Fri, 24 Apr 2020 - 11:42 GMT


Fri, 24 Apr 2020 - 11:42 GMT

FILE – Egypt’s Giza Pyramids – Pxhere/Castrodeza1

FILE – Egypt’s Giza Pyramids – Pxhere/Castrodeza1

CAIRO – 24 April 2020: The Egyptian Cabinet on Thursday evening said it reviews the possibility to allow domestic tourism, amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, based on precautionary measures and studies, the spokesman said.

The authorities will take the decision within the next few days, Cabinet spokesman Nader Saad said, in an interview with Ala Mas’olity program on Sada Al-Balad.

This comes a day after Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli announced new preventive measures against coronavirus during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, including shortening the night curfew and opening some administrative services.

The epidemiological situation in Egypt is still under control, Saad said, although the Egyptian Health Ministry on Thursday reported 232 new infections, the country’s highest daily coronavirus infection counts.

He noted that 80% of the coronavirus patients recover on their own without treatment, while only 4% of the patients needs ventilators. Saad added that Egypt has opened new hospitals for isolation and quarantine.

Concerning restaurants during this month, the takeaway service will be allowed from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., in accordance with the curfew hours, while the delivery service will be allowed throughout the day.

However, clubs, cinemas, theatres and cafes will remain closed, Saad added.

As Muslims fast in Ramadan and tend to visit their relatives and friends to break their fast at sunset together, Saad advised them to stop such gatherings.

He noted that the Egyptian state’s general approach is easing restrictions in case things go well.

The prime minister’s decision to cancel the full closure of shopping centers on Friday and Thursday aims to avoid crowdedness, Saad said. Also, the decision to reduce the curfew hours came for the same purpose after consulting political and medical experts to ensure the step will not cause an increase in positive cases.

Egypt shortens partial curfew during holy month of Ramadan

CAIRO - 23 April 2020: Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli announced that the night-time curfew hours were shortened to start from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am during the holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar when Muslims worldwide fast from dusk to dawn.

Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced Thursday 232 new coronavirus cases, in an expected surge of the daily detected patients, while 11 people died from the virus.

Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said that all of the new cases are Egyptians.

The new cases raise the total number of confirmed COVID-19 patients in Egypt to 3,891 and deaths to 287, Megahed added.

The number of coronavirus cases whose tests turned from positive to negative increased to 1,334, including 1,004 people who recovered from the virus. All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals, the spokesman said.



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