(March 24, 2020 / JNS) Israel’s two immediate neighbors to the west and east are also grappling with containment of the coronavirus (COIVD-19).
Egypt announced that it is implementing a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for two weeks starting on Wednesday in order to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Anyone who violates the new restrictions would be punished with fines or prison using emergency laws, Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said, according to a Reuters report. Only food stores and pharmacies will be allowed to stay open after 5 p.m., according to the new rules.
The country already suspended flights at its airports last week, and schools and universities will also remain closed until at least the middle of April. Restaurants and other venues are to remain closed as well.
Egypt has 366 cases of the coronavirus, and 19 have died from the illness so far.
Meanwhile, Jordan announced on Monday that it was extending its curfew indefinitely, which in includes the shuttering of supermarkets and other stores after dark, according to Reuters.
Cases of the virus have jumped this past week from six to 112 in Israel’s neighboring nation to the east.
The Jordanian government is organizing the delivery of food, medicine and basic supplies. Soldiers have also been deployed to checkpoints around major cities in order to limit the movement of civilians.
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