CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt registered 1,289 new coronavirus cases and 34 deaths, the health ministry said on Friday, marking another record of daily increases on both counts despite stricter curfew rules.

That brought the total number of fatalities to 879 and confirmed cases to 22,082, of which 5,511 people have recovered.

Infections rose this week during Eid al-Fitr celebrations, at the end of the Ramadan fasting month, despite the government bringing forward a coronavirus curfew by four hours to 5 p.m. and banning public transport for six days since Sunday.

(Reporting by Ulf Laessing and Mahmoud Mourad; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)