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Egypt Calls on Citizens to Wear Masks in Public

Egypt Calls on Citizens to Wear Masks in Public

Saturday, 30 May, 2020 - 08:45
Egyptian security forces cordon off roads during curfew hours as prevention measures due to the coronavirus outbreak, in Cairo, Egypt, March 29, 2020 (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
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Egypt on Saturday called upon citizens to wear face masks in public, while using private transportation and inside government offices.

This comes as the country eases the partial lockdown imposed during the weeklong Muslim holiday of Eid- al-Fitr.

Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly said violators who do not abide by the new measure will be fined.

He also said the nationwide curfew will be imposed between 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for another two weeks.

Egypt, the Arab World’s most populous country, has seen a jump of daily reported infections in the past week, with a total of 879 deaths among 22,082 confirmed cases, the Associated Press reported.

The country of 100 million people has the highest announced deaths from COVID-19 in the Arab World.

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