Egypt’s coronavirus cases continue to climb, 354 new cases reported on Monday

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In a press statement on Monday, Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population reported 354 new coronavirus cases and 12 virus-related deaths.

100 patients were discharged from quarantine at isolation hospitals, bringing the country’s total number of recovered cases to 101,981.

Egypt has now reported a total of 113,381 COVID-19 cases, and 6,560 virus-related deaths.

Case numbers of the virus in Egypt are steadily creeping up and beginning to resemble figures from the end of July.

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 reach Europe or US-like figures.

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

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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