The Ministry of Health revealed on Thursday details of the government’s COVID-19 coexistance plan until a vaccine has been found.
The plan will be applied over three stages. The first stage will see strict measures implemented to avoid any resurgence in infection rates, and will be applied until the daily average of infections reduces.
Entertainment venues, cinemas, theatres, cafes, gyms, and sports clubs will remain closed, and all delivery employees working for online shopping and delivery services will be obliged to wear face masks.
The second stage, which will last for 28 days, includes obliging all citizens to wear face masks, stay in well ventilated areas, and prevent any kind of crowding.
The third stage will last until the World Health Organization (WHO) reduces its global risk assessment on the virus to low levels. This stage will also see continued monitoring and tracking of infections, the prevention of crowdedness, and obliging restaurants and hotels to abide by health requirements.
When the WHO has recommended a safe and effective vaccine, the Ministry of Health will begin its use according to its priorities in the plan.
The plan also indicates that if a person tests positive for the virus and has mild symptoms, they will have to self-isolate. Those from high-risk groups will be required to call the COVID-19 hotline, 105, for help.
Businesses and mall owners will be obliged to provide disinfectant sprays and hand sanitizers, whilst also maintaining a low density of clients, and keep up disinfection and sterilisation efforts.
Measures also include the regular monitoring of body temperatures before entering installations, the Cairo metro, and trains, whilst refraining from crowding in public areas.
The plan also includes preventing weddings, funerals and any other kinds of gatherings until virus numbers start to drop. Schools, universities and nurseries are to remain closed.