Egypt announces partial curfew to curb COVID-19

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A security guard at Cairo University wears a protective mask following the suspension of study for only undergraduate students amid coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread, in Cairo, Egypt March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Shokry Hussien

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced on Tuesday a nationwide partial curfew in an attempt to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The curfew, from 7 p.m. (1700 GMT) until 6 a.m. (0400 GMT) local time, will be imposed from March 25 for 15 days, said Madbouly in a televised speech to the nation.

All commercial centers and shops will be closed from 5 p.m. until 6 a.m. from Sunday to Thursday and closed all day on Friday and Saturday.

The decision will not be applied to the groceries, bakeries and pharmacies, he said.

“Those who violate the curfew will be subject to measures under Egypt’s emergency laws,” Madbouly warned.

In addition, the schools and universities will continue to be suspended for another 15 days from March 29, the Egyptian prime minister added.

A day earlier, Egypt confirmed an increase of coronavirus cases to 366 and 19 deaths in the North African country.