A total of 800 Egyptians repatriated from abroad have left the Ain Shams University dorms after completing their mandatory quarantine period, and have now been allowed to return home.
It remains unclear whether they spent seven or 14 days in isolation at the dorms. Earlier in May, the Quarantine Department at Cairo International Airport, affiliated with the Ministry of Health, reduced the mandatory quarantine period at government isolation units for repatriated Egyptians to seven days, instead of 14 days.
It said that returnees who test negative at the end of the seven-day period will be allowed to spend the rest of their quarantine period at home.
Earlier on Sunday, Beni Suef University President Dr Mansour Hassan said that 568 nationals have left dorms owned by the university after they finished their quarantine period.
A number of university dorms across Egypt have been re-designated as isolation units for Egyptians returning to the country from abroad, and for patients with mild coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.
The government has allowed repatriated Egyptian expats to undergo their quarantine periods at university dorms following complaints about the expense of staying at hotels for the duration of the isolation period.
The government began a large-scale repatriation exercise to bring its citizens home in March, pledging to repatriate all Egyptians stranded abroad.