Coronavirus: Egypt reports 388 more infections in last 24 hours, a record high

Thank you for your reading and interest in the news Coronavirus: Egypt reports 388 more infections in last 24 hours, a record high and now with details

Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - The number of Covid-19 infections spiked again on Monday in Egypt, where authorities said a record, one-day high of 388 cases were diagnosed in the most populous Arab nation.

The new record, 30 more than the previous all-time high on Friday, is likely to raise questions whether tougher action is needed from the government to prevent the coronavirus pandemic from spiralling out of control. The spike, if sustained, could also force the government to reconsider plans for a gradual return to normalcy after the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan around April 22-23.

Already, authorities have warned that Egyptians needed to diligently observe the rules of social distancing, wear surgical masks in public and avoid large gatherings or face harsher and more sweeping measures. The government has had a nighttime curfew in place for more than a month and closed schools, universities, mosques and churches. It has also halted international air travel and closed restaurants, cafes, museums, historical sites and most public parks.

The government’s strategy in handling the outbreak is two-fold: to protect Egyptians against the virus through preventive measures and an intense media campaign familiarising the public with how the virus is transmitted and ways to fend off the disease. The second half of the strategy is to allow people to return to work to prevent the economy from a complete meltdown that would leave millions hungry and wipe out the hard-won economic successes gained from years of austerity and harsh reforms that won international accolades for their reach.

The Health Ministry on Monday said the number of detected Covid-19 cases to date has reached 7,201, of whom 1,730 have recovered. The number of fatalities stood at 452, a one-day increase of 16.

Workers, who have been registered as providing essential services during the coronavirus pandemic, relax in their temporary living quarters during a media tour in Singapore. AFP

A cheering group in South Korea wave pompoms to an empty stadium as sports leagues starts behind closed doors. Reuters

A Bank Negara Indonesia teller serves a customer in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. EPA

Texas State Troopers advance upon the scene at the bar Big Daddy Zane's near Odessa, Texas, where the Ector County Sheriff's Office made the arrest of eight individuals including the bar owner. AP

Auto-rickshaws sit parked outside branches of Bank of India and Yes Bank Ltd. on a near-empty street in Mumbai, India. Bloomberg

Medical practitioners take information from members of the public at a drive through testing clinic in the carpark of Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Getty

A medical practitioner performs a coronavirus test in the carpark of Bunnings in West Footscray in Melbourne, Australia. Getty

Demonstrators hold a "Rolling Car Rally" in front of Democratic Governor Ned Lamont's residence while protesting against the state's stay-at-home order to combat coronavirus in Hartford, Connecticut. Getty

Garment workers return from a workplace as factories reopened in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Reuters

Health workers collect blood samples from a man at a locked-down area in Colombo, Sri Lanka.. EPA

People have lunch in a Taiwanese hot pot style restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand. Reuters

A woman waves a red cloth indicating she needs food, at a highway in Medellin, Colombia during the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic. AFP

People walk at night along a street in Tokyo. AFP

People arrive at Frauenkirche 'Cathedral of Our Lady' for evening mass on the first day churches and other houses of worship are allowed to hold services again in Bavaria, Germany. Getty

The new record, the latest in a series of highs over the past two weeks, suggests that the outbreak has yet to peak, an ominous scenario in a country of 100 million and a health care system battered by decades of negligence. Fears of a wider spread of the virus are also fueled by the fact that Egyptians are cramped on less than 10 per cent of the country’s land and that a large segment of them lives in unhygienic conditions. The government has been reassuring Egyptians that it has the means and capabilities to handle higher numbers of infections if need be, arguing that it has only been using a fraction of the hospital capacity available.

Updated: May 6, 2020 12:23 AM

These were the details of the news Coronavirus: Egypt reports 388 more infections in last 24 hours, a record high for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at The National and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.

NEXT FBI director warns that Chinese hackers are preparing to ‘wreak havoc’ on US critical infrastructure