Egypt records 171 new COVID-19 cases, 2,844 in total


Egypt confirmed on Friday 171 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number in the country to 2,844.

Meanwhile, 50 people, all Egyptians recovered and left hospitals in the past 24 hours, while nine more died from the virus, taking the death toll to 205, said Khaled Megahed, spokesman for Egyptian health ministry.

In addition, the test results of 891 of the confirmed cases have turned negative, 646 of whom have been discharged from quarantine hospitals, he added.

Over the past month, Egypt has suspended schools and universities, halted flights, cancelled sports activities, closed entertainment places and malls, stopped mass prayers and shut down museums and archeological sites to combat the coronavirus.

The North African country is currently implementing a nationwide 10-hour curfew for two weeks until April 23 over COVID-19 concerns.

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