Pharmacy closures across Egypt, hospitals say

Cairo – Egyptian health officials said on Sunday that pharmacies will shut down across the country from Monday and that more than 20 hospitals in the capital will close on Monday as a result of the outbreak.

Egyptian Health Minister Ahmed al-Shafi said in a statement that the national pharmacy system will close in all areas of the country in accordance with the recommendations of national medical standards.

Al-Shafie said pharmacies in the country’s main cities will have to close on Tuesday as well.

The national pharmacy closed on Monday in Alexandria and the city of Damietta on Tuesday, Al Jazeera’s Alaa Abdelrahman reported from Cairo.

It closed in the city as a precaution and has since reopened.

Health officials have said the outbreak was caused by an antibiotic-resistant strain of a coronavirus strain that has already been linked to dozens of deaths.