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Curfew in Egypt Sees Limited Violations, Immediate Penalties

Curfew in Egypt Sees Limited Violations, Immediate Penalties

Tuesday, 31 March, 2020 - 08:30
A woman wears a protective face mask inside a hypermarket in Cairo, Egypt (File photo: Reuters)
Cairo - Walid Abdulrahman

Egypt’s partial lockdown enters its second week after authorities imposed a nationwide restriction on movement on public roads from 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM local time, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Observers said there were limited violations in various regions around the country during the past days, especially with the immediate fines imposed on violators.

Authorities asked governors and security officials to ensure new measures are imposed, and penalize those who violate the law.

Ahmed Abdul-Hamid, 30, makes sure to leave work within the authorized time to avoid penalty or prison. He indicated that the authorities’ decision to prohibit movement aims to prevent the spreading of the virus, noting that he has not seen many violations of the lockdown and the majority of people are committed to measures.

Police deployed its forces in various locations and the Interior Ministry urged citizens to commit to the partial lockdown, stressing it will take legal action against those who violate the law.

Meanwhile, Public Prosecution called on citizens to follow the law and avoid publishing fake news on social media, and to adhere to the measures issued by state institutions during the current period in which the country is going through to preserve the public safety and health of citizens.

Egypt’s Attorney General, Counselor Hamada El-Sawy released two girls accused of creating social media accounts to incite non-compliance with the decisions banning movement within the announced times.

The two girls were arrested and accused of disturbing public order, endangering the safety and security of society, disrupting the provisions of the law, and harming social peace, according to a judicial source.

On Monday, the Public Prosecution detained 10 people for 15 days, pending the investigations, accusing them of spreading false news and misusing social media.

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