Egypt to impose stricter anti-COVID-19 measures during Islamic holiday: PM

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-17 23:02:49|Editor: huaxia

CAIRO, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said on Sunday the government will impose a stricter package of anti-COVID-19 measures during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Speaking during a press conference, the prime minister said the new measures are meant to combat the spread of the virus during the Islamic feast which falls on May 24.

An already-imposed nationwide nighttime curfew will begin at 17:00 instead of 21:00 local time for six days, the prime minister said, adding that all malls, shops, restaurants, public parks and beaches will be shut down during the holiday.

All public transportation means across the country will also be suspended during the holiday, Madbouly said.

Egypt has so far confirmed 11,719 COVID-19 cases, including 612 deaths and 2,950 recoveries.

The Egyptian government has recently started to ease restrictions and gradually reopen services and offices that have been halted since mid-March amid a "coexistence plan" to maintain anti-coronavirus precautionary measures while resuming services, businesses and economic activities. Enditem