Egypt adusts coronavirus night-time curfew

Egypt had previously announced a lengthening of its night-time curfew and other measures to prevent large gatherings during the Eid Al-Fitr holidays. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 29 May 2020

Egypt adusts coronavirus night-time curfew

  • Updated COVID-19 curfew will come into effect on Saturday

DUBAI: Egypt is adjusting its night-time curfew, from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., for 15 days as the government implements measures to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision on the COVID-19 curfew will come into effect on Saturday, Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli said.

All restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), entertainment avenues, and other local shops will remain closed, the government decision noted.

Egypt on Thursday confirmed 1,127 new coronavirus cases, raising country’s total number of confirmed cases to 20,793 since the outbreak started in the country.

Health officials said 29 patients have succumbed from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 845.


Pope Francis ‘very distressed’ over Turkey’s Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque

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Pope Francis ‘very distressed’ over Turkey’s Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque

  • ‘My thoughts go to Istanbul. I’m thinking about Hagia Sophia. I am very distressed’
VACTICAN CITY: Pope Francis said Sunday he was “very distressed” over Turkey’s decision to convert the Byzantine-era monument Hagia Sophia back into a mosque.
“My thoughts go to Istanbul. I’m thinking about Hagia Sophia. I am very distressed,” the pope said in the Vatican’s first reaction to a decision that has drawn international criticism.
The Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano had on Saturday carried reaction from different countries about Friday’s decision to turn the monument from a museum back into a mosque but without any comment.
A magnet for tourists worldwide, the Hagia Sophia was first constructed as a cathedral in the Christian Byzantine Empire but was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who critics say is chipping away at the Muslim-majority country’s secular pillars, announced Friday that Muslim prayers would begin on July 24 at the UNESCO World Heritage site.
In the past, he has repeatedly called for the stunning building to be renamed as a mosque and in 2018, he recited a verse from the Qur'an at Hagia Sophia.
Erdogan’s announcement came after a top court canceled a 1934 cabinet decision under modern Turkey’s secularizing founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk to preserve the church-turned-mosque as a museum.