Egypt Health Ministry Urges Social Distancing, Mask Wearing

Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population stressed the importance of avoiding crowds and wearing face masks while attending public events.

It pointed to the need to of maintain social distance as a precaution against COVID-19.

The ministry further urged organizers of public events to ensure leaving at least one meter between seats, placing signs on the ground to help attendees maintain social distance and regulating the entrance and exit of people.

Separately, official spokesperson for the Cairo Metro Ahmad Abdul Hadi announced that authorities will continue to fine people who fail to wear face masks.

Some fines are as high as 4,000 pounds, while in some instances the violators are referred to the general prosecution that would decide on a fine.

The Company for Metro Management and Operation continues to disinfect trains, stations and ticket counters to maintain a safe environment for passengers.

Abdul Hadi said daily campaigns are carried out to ensure that passengers are wearing masks, while raising awareness of the importance of abiding by the precautionary measures in light of the second coronavirus wave that hit Egypt.

He called on people not to take their masks off during their ride or while waiting in the station to avoid the transmission of the virus.

Egypt has reported 115,000 infections, 102,000 recoveries and 6,621 fatalities from the disease.

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