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Egyptians to Celebrate Eid al-Fitr amid Strict COVID-19 Measures

Egyptians to Celebrate Eid al-Fitr amid Strict COVID-19 Measures

Thursday, 13 May, 2021 - 05:30
Worshipers performing Tarawih prayers in a mosque in Cairo last Saturday (Reuters)

Egypt’s government announced on Wednesday several anti-coronavirus health measures to combat the new surge of infections in the country.

The Directorate of Endowments in each province urged Imams to ensure that worshipers are abiding by the precautionary measures issued by the Committee for the Management of the Coronavirus Crisis during Eid al-Fitr.

This includes keeping a safe distance between persons, each individual bringing their own praying mat and wearing masks inside mosques.

Eid prayers will be held at the same mosques where Friday prayers were allowed, however, children will be prohibited from entering mosques.

Furthermore, all entertainment facilities, including public beaches and parks will be closed during the holiday. Only bakeries and food stores will be allowed to open.

For its part, the Health Ministry urged citizens to abide by the precautionary measures, stressing the importance of wearing facemasks, washing hands regularly, maintaining physical distance, and avoiding social gatherings.

Egypt on Tuesday reported 1,180 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country’s to 239,740.

Meanwhile, the total number of COVID-19-related deaths has now reached 14,033 nationwide, after the Ministry announced 61 deaths.

Also, up to 801 patients were discharged from hospitals, raising Egypt’s total number of recoveries to 178,241.

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