Egypt's coronavirus committee to determine curfew hours in Ramadan by end of week

Ahram Online , Tuesday 21 Apr 2020

The curfew was initially set to end on 23 April, but the cabinet spokesman has said it is likely to be extended

Egyptians shop at the roofed Khayamiya Street in the old city of the Egyptian capital Cairo on April 19, 2020, ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan (Photo: AFP)

An Egyptian government's coronavirus crisis management committee is set to convene by the end of the week to determine curfew measures during the month of Ramadan, which is set to begin on Friday, a cabinet media advisor said.

 In TV comments late on Monday, Hani Younes dismissed reports that the government had issued a decision changing curfew hours to start at 4pm instead of 8pm.

The curfew currently runs from 8pm to 6am.

The country's nighttime curfew, first imposed 25 March, was initially set to end on 23 April, but cabinet spokesman Nader Saad has said that the curfew is likely to be extended into Ramadan.

The Muslim holy month is normally a time of evening social and religious gatherings after the fast is broken at sunset.

Egypt reported its highest daily increase in coronavirus cases yet on Monday with 189 new infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 3,333, the health ministry said.

The death toll now stands at 250, with 11 new fatalities recorded on Monday, the ministry added.


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