Egypt’s Minister of Health Hala Zayed on Sunday implored all citizens to continue abiding by preventive measures such as social distancing to help curb the coronavirus outbreak.
She recommended people avoid family gatherings, keep a distance of no less than one meter in public, wear masks properly and safely dispose of them.
Other recommendations she listed are to avoid handshakes especially in closed spaces, and carefully wash hands for over 20 seconds and/or use rubbing alcohol.
The ministry’s spokesperson Khaled Megahed recommended that people avoid public areas such as markets and shops.
He also stressed that personal utensils must not be shared and to avoid touching any unclean surfaces.
Megahed particularly urged that pregnant women, elderly people over sixty years of age or anyone suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or lung issues to avoid public gatherings, as they are the most vulnerable to the virus.
Anyone suffering from symptoms must rush to the nearest hospital immediately, he stressed.