İrem UZUN -TDO- Egypt's President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi has announced a three-month extension of a state of emergency throughout the country because of the spread of COVID-19 in the country. "Given the serious security and health concerns which the country is experiencing, the president has decided to declare a nationwide state of emergency for a period of three months effective from Tuesday," said the country's official newspaper.
It is the 12th extension of the state of emergency since it came into effect on April 10, 2017, a day after attacks on two churches that killed at least 44 people. The ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks. According to the Egyptian laws, state of emergency allows authorities to make arrests and search people's homes without warrants. It also curtails constitutional rights such as freedom of speech and assembly.
The country has also adopted several measures to fight against the virus. There is a night-time curfew for the month of Ramadan to combat the coronavirus spread, allowing only an hour of movement. Restaurants have been closed since March, however they will be allowed to open for delivery and take-away starting this week. 5,042 coronavirus positive cases have been confirmed in the country so far, while the death toll reached to 359.