Egypt will lift restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including by facilitating the early closure of shops and restaurants, from Tuesday, the cabinet said.
Since May 6, stores, malls and restaurants have had to close at 9 p.m. after an increase in infections. Read more
Egypt imposed strict measures at the start of the pandemic, closing its airspace and setting nighttime curfews to combat the spread of the virus, but it has remained wide open since June 2020.
As part of his efforts to save the tourism sector, he has completed the vaccination of workers in all hotels in the southern Sinai and Red Sea provinces and plans to vaccinate all residents of the two resorts of Hurghada and from Sharm el-Sheikh, the cabinet said on Sunday.
Income from tourism, a major source of foreign currency for Egypt, plunged 70% in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tourism typically accounts for up to 15% of gross domestic product.
Egypt is optimistic about welcoming more visitors this year, with the number rising steadily since January to around half a million tourists per month, Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany told Reuters in May. Read more
Egypt had officially confirmed 260,659 cases of coronavirus, including 15,001 deaths on Saturday. However, officials and experts say the actual number of infections is much higher, but not reflected in government figures due to low testing rates and the exclusion of private test results.
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