[TEC-MED] COVID-19 in Egypt: situation and response


For the past few weeks, the world has been coming to grips with the Coronavirus pandemic, wreaking havoc across the globe and bringing all of us face to face with stark new reality.COVID-19 has left no country unscathed and Egypt is no exception.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population launched many awareness advertisements on its Facebook page and through the visual media, especially for the elderly and those who suffer from chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, stress, the necessity to stay with the houses and not leave them except for the necessity and activate the hotline reporting of any suspected cases of infection or if there are any symptoms similar to the symptoms of the Coronavirus and many hospitals have been allocated to receive cases and apply the procedures used to detect symptoms.

Egypt has received international praise for the precautions it has been taking toprotect the public against the pandemic, and therefore there was a press conference held earlier today by the Egyptian Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, new rules and regulations were announced regarding the nation’s health during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

A curfew imposed from 7.00 PM to 6.00 AM, during which all public and private transportation will be suspended. All malls, shops, and restaurants shut from 5.00 PM to 6.00 AM, except for delivery services. However, they will be completely closed during the weekend (Fridays and Saturday) – except for supermarkets and bakery shops.

Governmental services shut down for the upcoming two weeks, except for health offices for newborns and deaths.As for schools and universities, the suspension period has been extended for another two weeks, with the same applying to gyms and sporting clubs.

During this state of emergency, anyone who does not abide by the rules and regulations will face fines or incarceration.