The government, chaired by Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli, shortened the hours of the night-time curfew to start from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am for 15 days, in terms of the government’s new decision to cope with and mitigate the effects of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a cabinet meeting attended by Minister of Health Hala Zayed and Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, and other ministers, Madbouli announced that the new decision of the COVID-19 curfew will come into effect on Saturday.
All restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), entertainment avenues, and other local shops will remain closed, the decision added.
Madbouli passed the medical staff working on fighting the virus, saying that tests are being conducted for them regularly. The minister said that 8,900 PCR tests and 20,000 COVID-19 rapid tests were conducted for the medical staff so far since the outbreak of the pandemic early March.
The government also agreed to appoint academic teachers and teaching assistants in university hospitals, recommending them to fully deal with hospitals of the Ministry of Health, according to the cabinet’s decision.
The government also updated the Sehat Egypt app avia adding a list of hospitals nationwide as patients can connect the nearest hospital.
Madbouli also directed the government to offer sufficient supply of the personal protective equipment in all hospitals.
Madbouli added that the commercial centers are allowed to open over the whole week until 5:00 pm.
The Prime Minister announced that the state and the Egyptians have to cope with COVID-19 impacts via precautionary measures as the disease could exist for a long time.