Egypt Independent

Egypt’s Interior Ministry denies imposing curfew starting Monday



The Ministry of Interior’s information center has denied that it would begin imposing a curfew starting on Monday.

A fraudulent Facebook page claiming to be attributed to the ministry stated that a curfew would begin on Monday evening as part of efforts to curb the coronavirus spread.

Legal measures have been taken against the page’s admins, an information center official said, adding that the page only exists to sow confusion among the public.

He stressed that any news issued by the ministry is published through its official Facebook page.

On March 19 Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly ordered that all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, nightclubs, bars, malls, shops and mobile food carts nationwide must shut down from seven pm until six am each day until March 31.

Only bakeries, groceries, pharmacies, supermarkets and delivery services are exempt from the decree under Article Two.

Egypt has announced 327 coronavirus cases so far, according to statements by the Ministry of Health.

The government has closed schools and universities across the country for two weeks, and incoming and outgoing flights were also suspended starting Thursday, March 19 at 12 pm and lasting until March 31, as part of efforts to slow down the spread of coronavirus.

The prime minister also issued a resolution on March 17 to reduce the number of workers in government departments and agencies, instructing work be done from home whenever possible.