Egypt orders the wearing of face masks in public, Pakistan to resume international flights

Egypt orders the wearing of face masks in public, Pakistan to resume international flights

 

Egypt on Saturday ordered its people to wear face masks in public, when taking private transportation.

Also in government offices as it eases the partial lockdown imposed during the weeklong Muslim holiday of Eid- el-Fitr.

 

Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly said violators will be fined.

 

He said the nationwide curfew will be 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for another two weeks.

 

Egypt, the Arab World’s most populous country, has seen a jump of daily reported infections in the past week, with a total of 879 deaths among 22,082 confirmed cases.

 

The country of 100 million people has the highest announced deaths from COVID-19 in the Arab World.

 

 

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Pakistan to resume international flights despite highest overnight death toll of 78 people

 

Even as Pakistan recorded its single highest overnight death toll of 78 and its numbers of COVID-19 confirmed cases soared passed 66,000.

The country’s Civil Aviation Authority announced international flights can resume in and out of Pakistan.

 

As of Saturday Pakistan had recorded 1,395 deaths from COVID-19 since mid March.

 

Daily counts of new cases showed a daily jump of nearly 2,500.

 

Still Pakistan has eased most of its lock-down measures and earlier this month the Supreme Court even ordered shopping malls to open.

Despite pleas from the country’s medical profession, and dire warnings of more deaths from the spread of the coronavirus,

Prime Minister Imran Khan refused to close down mosques.

 

Bowing to Pakistan’s radical religious leaders, who threatened violent protests if mosques were closed.

 

Pakistan has barely 3,000 intensive care beds throughout the country of 220 million people, who have paid little to no attention to government directions to social distance.

 

Domestic flights resumed earlier this month.

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