File Photo: People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk in downtown Cairo, Egypt. REUTERS
The Egyptian Ministry of Health in its daily coronavirus update statement reported 42 new deaths in the past 24 hours nationwide, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 20,919.
The statement added that 591 patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 304,747.
Egypt codified on Wednesday a host of COVID-19 restrictions, including those regulating facemasks and public gatherings, assigning jail penalties and fines for violators in accordance with the newly issued epidemics and pandemics law.
The entry into Egypt by land, sea or air is now limited to arrivals who are vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO or the Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA); otherwise arrivals must present a negative PCR test certificate or undergo testing upon arrival, according to a decree issued by Prime Minister Mostafa Madboly.
The decision does not apply to arrivals under 12-years-old.