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Egypt Steps Up Measures to Prevent Spread of Indian COVID-19 Variant

Egypt Steps Up Measures to Prevent Spread of Indian COVID-19 Variant

Tuesday, 4 May, 2021 - 06:30
An Egyptian medical worker administers a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Cairo. AFP

Egypt on Monday announced strict precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the Indian COVID-19 variant in the country.

Presidential Advisor for Health Affairs Mohamed Awad Tageldin affirmed Monday that exceptional and precautionary measures were taken in this regard, particularly at airports.

According to Tageldin, Egypt did not detect any case of the Indian Covid-19 variant so far.

Also, the Ministry of Religious Endowments has banned night prayers in mosques, stressing that ministry employees are not allowed to violate the decision.

It called on Egyptians to perform night prayers at home, saying the decision comes in line with the instructions from the Higher Committee for the Management of the Coronavirus Crisis.

For her part, Health Minister Hala Zayed highlighted her team's efforts in raising awareness through several campaigns, especially during holidays and religious occasions.

She said the ministry’s community communication teams have provided health awareness on the pandemic to thousands of citizens and tourists.

This includes educating the participants on the preventive and precautionary measures against the virus and the importance of getting vaccinated.

Last week, the community launched its campaigns in the governorates of Sohag and Assiut. On Sunday, other teams have been sent to the governorates of Cairo, Giza, Qaliubiya, and Qena.

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