Egypt is allowing places of worship to reopen from today and lifting a night-time curfew, which has been in force since 25 March.
Gyms, theatres and cafes are also permitted to reopen, albeit with limited capacity, but the easing of restrictions comes as the rate of infections is still rising.
The country has recorded 62,755 Covid-19 infections and 2,620 associated deaths. However, as in other countries, the true numbers are believed to be higher due to limited testing.
Announcing the easing of measures earlier this week, PM Mostafa Madbouly reiterated the government’s message that fighting the outbreak would have to take place alongside efforts to protect the economy.
He said the lifting of restrictions could be reversed if people did not follow the rules still in place.