Egypt raises occupancy rate in hotels to 70%

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced easing coronavirus restrictions in Egypt by raising occupancy rate in hotels to 70 percent during the Higher Committee for the Management of the Coronavirus Crisis.

The committee announced the raise in occupancy rate will also apply to restaurants and cafes, as well as cinemas and theaters.

Egypt’s Health Ministry on Sunday confirmed 179 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total number of confirmed cases up to 282,082, ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed announced.

The total number of COVID-19-related deaths has now reached 16,264 nationwide, after the ministry announced 22 deaths.

And 459 patients were discharged from quarantine at isolation hospitals, raising Egypt’s total number of fully-recovered cases to 214,087.

The Egyptian government imposed in March strict precautionary measures to limit the outbreak of coronavirus, which included setting curfews, banning large gatherings, and closing restaurants, theaters, and cinemas.

The measures also include a mask mandate that applies to mass transportation and any public indoor space. Unmasked riders, employees and shoppers are fined LE4,000.

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