Egypt orders the wearing of face masks in public

Egypt orders the wearing of face masks in public
Egypt on Saturday ordered its people to wear face masks in public, when taking private transportation, and inside government offices. (File/AFP)
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Updated 30 May 2020

Egypt orders the wearing of face masks in public

Egypt orders the wearing of face masks in public
  • Infections in Egypt rose this week during Eid Al-Fitr celebrations
  • The country of 100 million people has the highest announced deaths from COVID-19 in the Arab World

CAIRO: Egypt on Saturday ordered its people to wear face masks in public, when taking private transportation, and inside government offices as it eases the partial lockdown imposed during the weeklong Muslim holiday of Eid- Al-Fitr.
Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly said violators will be fined. He said the nationwide curfew will be 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for another two weeks.
Infections in Egypt rose this week during Eid Al-Fitr celebrations, at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The country of 100 million people has the highest announced deaths from COVID-19 in the Arab World.
On Friday, Egypt registered 1,289 new coronavirus cases and 34 deaths, marking another record of daily increases on both counts despite stricter curfew rules.
That brought the total number of fatalities to 879 and confirmed cases to 22,082, of which 5,511 people have recovered.