April 18, 2020 / 7:59 PM / a month ago

Number of coronarivus cases in Egypt passes 3,000

People wearing protective face masks, amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), shop traditional Ramadan products which are displayed for sale at Al Khayamia street in old Cairo, Egypt April 16, 2020. Picture taken April 16, 2020. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt confirmed 188 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the total to 3,032, according to a health ministry statement.

Nineteen new deaths caused by the illness were reported, raising the total to 224.

Egypt has imposed a night curfew since March 25 and will halt public transport on Monday during a public holiday in an effort to contain the spread of the virus.

Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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