Egypt’s Ministry of Endowments produces face mask to protect against coronavirus

Egypt’s Ministry of Endowments has produced a transparent face mask aimed at protecting people from becoming infected with the novel coronavirus COVID-19, according to a statement by the ministry on Thursday

The mask will cover the entire face and protect it from any airborne particles dispersed by sneezes or coughs.

The mask can be used more than once and can be washed with soap and water after each usage, the ministry added.

The National Endowments Investments Group manufactured the mask, which is made of scratch-resistant polycarbonate and has the flexibility to suit different face sizes, the ministry pointed out.

The masks will be offered for sale at LE50 per mask.

Egypt on Wednesday confirmed 9 additional deaths and 110 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s number of confirmed total cases so far to 1,560.

One hundred and three people have died from the virus in Egypt. 

The newly infected cases are all Egyptian nationals, except two foreign nationals, who returned from abroad or were in contact with previously confirmed cases in Egypt, Health Ministry Spokesperson Khaled Megahed said, adding that the total number of fully-recovered cases rose to 305 on Wednesday, all of whom have been discharged from isolation hospitals.

A total of 439 positive cases have been tested in Egypt, with all results now returned negative.

The Egyptian government on Wednesday extended its nationwide curfew until April 23 as part of its precautionary measures to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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