A member of medical team sprays disinfectant as a precautionary move amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at the underground Al Shohadaa "Martyrs" metro station in Cairo, Egypt March 22, 2020. (Reuters)
The Cairo underground metro company announced the new schedule for operating the metro's three lines in the capital as the country declared a night-time curfew for two weeks starting Wednesday.
The metro's operating hours will be significantly reduced, with trains now running from 6 am to around 6:30 pm, the Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operation said.
The new schedule of operation of the three lines during the two-week curfew is as follows:
The first line (Helwan – El-Marg): The last train from Helwan station departs at 5 pm to arrive at El-Marg at 6:35 pm and the last train from El-Marg leaves at 5:20 pm to reach the Helwan station at 6:45 pm.
The second line (Shobra El-Kheima – El-Mounib): The last train departs from Shubra El-Kheima station at 5:30 pm to arrive at El-Munib station at 6:25 pm. In the opposite direction, the last train leaves El-Mounib station at 5:30 pm to reach Shubra El-Kheima station at 6:20 pm.
The third line (Attaba – El-Shams Club): The last metro leaves Al-Shams Club station at 5:20 pm to reach Attaba Station at 5:45 pm, and the last train from Attaba station departs at 6 pm to reach Al-Shams Club station at 6:25 pm.
Without the curfew, Cairo's metro trains normally run between 5:15 am and 1 am.
On Tuesday, Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced a curfew from 7 pm to 6 am for two weeks as of Wednesday as part of broader measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
All mass public and private transport will be suspended during the curfew hours.
Shops and malls will be completely closed on weekends and will shut down from 5 pm to 6 am on weekdays. Only supermarkets, pharmacies and bakeries will be exempt from the closure.
Egypt has so far registered 456 coronavirus cases, including 21 fatalities.