Egypt Records New Highs in Novel Coronavirus Cases

Published June 1st, 2020 - 06:15 GMT
This picture taken early on May 24, 2020 shows a view of the historic Metro cinema theatre as a man walks past, along the commercial Talaat Harb street in the almost deserted city centre Egypt's capital Cairo, on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday which starts at the conclusion of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Egypt had previously announced a lengthening of its night-time curfew and other measures to prevent large gatherings during the Eid al-Fitr holidays. One of the most important dates
This picture taken early on May 24, 2020 shows a view of the historic Metro cinema theatre as a man walks past, along the commercial Talaat Harb street in the almost deserted city centre Egypt's capital Cairo, on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday which starts at the conclusion of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Egypt had previously announced a lengthening of its night-time curfew and other measures to prevent large gatherings during the Eid al-Fitr holidays. One of the most important dates in the Muslim calendar, it is traditionally celebrated with mosque prayers, family feasts and shopping for new clothes, gifts and sweet treats. Samer ABDALLAH / AFP
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The 340 hospitals have 3,539 intensive care unit beds and 2,218 ventilators, a government statement said.

Egypt shortened a night curfew by one hour on Sunday as it recorded new highs in the daily increases in novel coronavirus cases and deaths.

The Health Ministry said 1,536 new cases had been confirmed including 46 deaths, bringing total cases to 24,985 and deaths to 959.

Earlier, the prime minister’s office said a night curfew would end at 5 am instead of 6 am. The curfew begins at 8 pm, though its start had been brought forward to 5 pm last week during the Eid al-Fitr holiday that follows the end of Ramadan.

The curfew is one of a number of measures including the closure of schools, cafes and places of worship, that are aimed at curbing the pandemic.

The government announced that the number of hospitals designated to deal with coronavirus cases, in addition to previously assigned quarantine facilities, is rising to 376 from 340, and the number of laboratories capable of processing test results to 57 from 49.

The 340 hospitals have 3,539 intensive care unit beds and 2,218 ventilators, a government statement said.

Officials have signaled that they are looking to gradually ease restrictions and revive economic activity even as the number of confirmed infections accelerates.

Hotels that meet required safety standards have been allowed to reopen at 25% capacity.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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