A man wears a face shield and a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in downtown Cairo, after Egypt's government made wearing masks mandatory in public places and public transport, in Cairo, Egypt May 31, 2020. REUTERS
Egypt reported on Sunday the highest single-day rise in coronavirus cases and deaths with 1,536 new infections and 46 fatalities, the country's health ministry announced.
Sunday's tally brought the total number of confirmed cases to 24,985, and the death toll to 959.
This is the fourth consecutive day for the country to witness a single-day record in the number of detected infections.
Figures from health ministry's daily report revealed that 344 people fully recovered and left isolation hospitals today, which brings the total number of recoveries from the virus so far to 6,037.
The number of people whose test results have turned from positive to negative, including the recoveries, has now reached 6,810.
Health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement that the new cases were detected through the ministry’s investigation and contact tracing protocols.
Until mid-June, Egypt's nightly curfew, in place since March along with other drastic measures to curtail the spread of the outbreak, will run until 5am instead of 6pm as of Sunday, according to a decree issued by the country's cabinet.
The curfew, which has been prolonged and shortened several times, will run from 8pm to 5pm with the suspension of all public and private transport during this period in an attempt to avoid any possible crowding.
The newly-announced decision marks a gradual reopening of a country heavily affected by the coronavirus’ repercussions.