May 17, 2020 / 12:28 PM / 14 days ago

Egypt tightens coronavirus restrictions for Eid holiday

CAIRO, May 17 (Reuters) - Egypt will bring forward the start of its curfew by four hours to 5pm and halt public transport during the six-day Eid holiday from May 24 as it seeks to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, the prime minister said on Sunday.

Shops, restaurants and parks will also be closed for the holiday at the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, and restrictions on citizens’ movements will be extended for a further two weeks afterwards, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said.

Reporting by Omar Fahmy and Amina Ismail Writing by Aidan Lewis;Editing by Elaine Hardcastle

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