Egypt will ban religious gatherings during Ramadan
All public religious gatherings will be banned in Egypt throughout Ramadan in a bid to curtail the spread of covid-19, the Egyptian government stated on Tuesday.
Iftar meals will not be allowed to take place, although able-bodied Muslims will still be expected to fast during the day. Religious scholars at al-Azhar University at Cairo have said that travellers and the sick are exempt from fasting as usual. Itikaf will also be banned.
Mosques have been closed in Egypt since Tuesday, with adhans broadcast using loudspeakers instead. Other tight measures have been introduced including a night-time curfew, banning citizens from leaving their homes between 7pm and 6am.
Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi has announced a 75 percent pay rise for medical staff. Health minister Hala Zayed has said that she expects the spread of covid-19 to be curtailed within three weeks.
So far Egypt has recorded 1,450 cases and 94 deaths.