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Egypt detects 1,503 new coronavirus cases as total infection tally nears 70,000

Ahram Online , Wednesday 1 Jul 2020
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A mask-clad local caretaker looks on as visitors arrive at the ancient Temple of Luxor in Egypt's southern city of Luxor on July 1, 2020 AFP
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Egypt on Wednesday reported 1,503 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country's total to 69,814, the health ministry said.

The country registered 81 deaths on Wednesday, taking the total fatalities to 3,034, the ministry added in a statement

The infection rate has continued to peak this week after a brief drop to a single-day infection toll of 1,168 on Saturday, the lowest in weeks, despite it being the first day of a gradual reopening by the country.

Restaurants, cafes, and sporting clubs across the country are now allowed to open to the public, albeit under new hygiene and safety restrictions.

Mosques are also allowed to host services except for Friday congregational prayers.

A curfew was first introduced in March as part of a series of measures to curtail the spread of the virus and has been revised several times since. Other measures included suspending air traffic, shuttering schools and universities and banning public gatherings.

However, since June, Egypt has moved towards a gradual reopening of its economy, part of a plan to “coexist” with the virus.

The country reopened airports on Wednesday under a gradual resumption of regular international flights, which had been suspended since March. Despite the resumption of flights, foreign tourists will only be allowed to enter three coastal governorates.

The areas that will open for foreign tourists in the first stage are South Sinai, where the popular seaside resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh is located, the Red Sea governorate, home to the city of Hurghada, and Marsa Matrouh on the Mediterranean. 

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