Egypt Independent

Egypt reports 370 new coronavirus cases as pandemic continues to spread

Egypt’s Health Ministry on Monday announced 370 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total up to 115,911 according to Ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed.

The ministry also announced 14 new deaths on Monday, with the nationwide total of COVID-19 deaths now 6,650.

And 122 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals, raising Egypt’s fully-recovered cases to 102,718.

Egypt’s government imposed in March strict precautionary measures to limit the outbreak of coronavirus, which included setting curfews, banning large gatherings, and closing restaurants, theaters, and cinemas.

The measures also include a mask mandate that applies to mass transportation and any public indoor space.

Government officials continue to urge the public to adhere to precautionary measures against the virus, and Prime Minister Madboudly has called on authorities to strictly enforce the country’s mask mandate, which applies to all public transportation and indoor public spaces.

The Cairo Metro company responded to Madbouly’s request and announced that starting November 21, transit police would begin monitoring metro stations and cars to ensure masks are being worn.

Those who fail to wear a mask in the designated areas could face a fine of up to LE4,000.

Additionally, new curfew hours for retail shops, restaurants, and cafes will go into effect December 1 in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus.

In response to public worry about the the country’s supply of medicine and medical equipment, the Cabinet has announced that hospitals are in fact ready to tackle a second wave of the virus.

Egypt has yet to report Europe or US-like figures.

A number of countries that have witnessed an aggressive second wave are currently employing severe lockdown measures