The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Egypt have risen precipitously by 42 in the past 24 hours with confirmed cases reaching 109, a number that is suspected to be low given the lack of available testing capabilities. Many nations and territories, including Taiwan, the United States, Japan, France, and Hong Kong, have announced cases of COVID-19 in individuals who had recently been in Egypt. A large cluster of infection has been linked to a Nile River cruise ship. Taiwan, the United States, and Japan have had over 20 cases involving individuals who have returned from Egypt. Nearby states including Qatar and Kuwait have announced restrictions on Egyptian travelers. While many travelers in Egypt are from European countries, Egypt has not yet implemented border control or quarantine measures.
Given the risk to Taiwan nationals of infection, the CECC has raised the travel notice for Egypt to Level 2: Alert starting today and reminded travelers visiting Egypt to practice enhanced precautions.