Face masks made of fabric will soon be available in the Egyptian market in line with the government’s plan to coexist with the COVID-19 pandemic, according to minister of trade and industry Niveen Gamee. Readymade garments and textile companies will produce the required quantities of fabric face masks at the soonest possible, she said. The plan will be implemented in mid-June.

The masks will be needed for students during year-end exams. Gamee was speaking in a webinar with representatives of readymade garments and textile companies, the health ministry, and the Unified Purchasing Authority to discuss the nationwide production of fabric face masks, according to Egyptian media reports.

The masks manufactured in the country will not be exported unless the domestic market’s needs are covered first, she added.