Egypt Eases Covid Restrictions During Ramadan; Timings For Shops, Eateries Extended 

Egypt’s Cabinet announced the easing of COVID-related restrictions during the holy month of Ramadan, currently going on, such as removing the ban on public charity iftar tables. 

The Supreme Committee for the Management of the Epidemic and Health Pandemic Crisis affiliated with the Cabinet and headed by Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly also agreed on keeping mosques and all of its affiliated buildings open during Ramadan for performing Tarawih prayers. 

The closing hours of shops, restaurants and cafes have also been extended to 2 pm during the month of Ramadan. 

A spokesman for the Health Ministry Hossam Abdel Ghaffar stated that the number of total vaccinated people against the coronavirus reached 32 million. 

In a phone interview with the Al Hayah TV channel, Abdel Ghaffar stressed no scientific connection was found between the severity of the virus and high temperatures over the past two years. 

He said over 1.8 million citizens had been vaccinated through a door-knocking campaign in seven governorates. 

The Supreme Committee for the Management of the Coronavirus Crisis eased some of the measures that were previously taken to reduce the severity of infections, he added. 

The Egyptian Cabinet’s spokesperson Nader Saad said that “it is the advance planning for crises that enables us to be proactive and always take proactive measures, whether with regard to restrictive or mitigating measures regarding coronavirus pandemic.” 

The spokesman noted the vaccination rates are going well as the citizens are being called on to get the full doses. 

The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population announced that the average number of daily infections with COVID-19 during the last week reached 625 cases, while the average daily death toll was eight new cases. 

The Cabinet spokesman added that closed halls in mosques will be opened as of April 1, for funerals or celebrations, in addition to working with summer opening hours for shops. 

He said that Ramadan Iftar charity banquets will be allowed, whether held in mosques or public areas. 

The meeting was attended with the participation of a number of ministers and officials, including the Minister of Defense and Military Production, Minister of Endowments, Minister of Tourism, and Counselor Omar Marawan, Minister of Justice. 

Also, Ministers of Education, Higher Education, Finance, Local Development, Interior and Civil Aviation attended the meeting. 

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