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Egypt Tightens Restrictions as COVID-19 Cases Rise

Egypt has tightened restrictions to face the coronavirus outbreak following a surge in the number of infections.

The Health Ministry renewed calls on people to wear masks, especially in public places and on public transport, stressing the importance of abiding by social distancing measures.

According to the ministry’s latest report on Sunday, Cairo’s infection curve has risen once again, exceeding the average of 235 cases per day.

Presidential Adviser for Health Affairs Mohamed Awad Tageldin said the coronavirus cases have been increasing but did not yet amount to those recorded in June, July and August.

In a statement on Sunday, the ministry announced the recovery of 103 patients, raising the total number of recoveries to 100,342.

It said the number of infections in the country has amounted to 109,201 cases, in addition to 6,368 deaths, expecting an increase in the rates of infection.

People’s failure to adhere to precautionary measures will result in an increase in the number of infections, the ministry stressed.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi follows up on a daily basis the conditions of hospitals and intensive care units, Tageldin said during his participation in a virtual scientific lecture on Monday.

“He is also up to date on the arrival of new medical equipment and devices to treat patients and on their fair distribution,” he added.

The senior official pointed out that Sisi is keen to provide a sufficient amount of medicines, personal protective equipment and medical devices.

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