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The number of new cases of coronavirus infections in Egypt suggests that "transmission is limited to a few chains of infections", according to an official at the World Health Organization.
The Egyptian response to the new coronavirus has been "strong and adapted," a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Monday.
Dr. Yvan Hutin, WHO Director for Communicable Diseases for the Eastern Mediterranean, spoke about the Egyptian response in a virtual conference.
"The number of new cases over time suggest that transmission is limited to a few chains of infections," Hutin said.
"We have not seen a steep rise in the number of cases," he added.
The Arab world's most populous country has confirmed 609 cases of the new coronavirus and 40 deaths.
In recent weeks, the government has beefed up precautionary measures to contain the pandemic.
Measures include shutting down schools, restaurants and recreational facilities, and reducing the workforce in public and private businesses.
In its most aggressive response yet to the coronavirus pandemic, Egypt has imposed an 11-hour nightly curfew for its 100 million people.
After 7 p.m., public transport shuts down and people are forbidden from entering the streets unless they have an exemption.
State-run media have called on people to observe social distancing and stay home.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.
For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
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