05:55 GMT13 August 2020
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    CAIRO (Sputnik) - Eleven people drowned on Friday at a beach in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, which is locked down by the authorities to stop the spread of COVID-19, media reported.

    The incident took place at the beach known among locals as the beach of death due to frequent deaths among swimmers there, Akhbar el-Youm newspaper said.

    According to the news outlet, citing the city's tourism department, ten people have drowned at the same time while trying to save a drowning child. Six bodies have been taken out of the water so far, the rest are still being searched for.

    The incident took place at 05:20 a.m. local time (03:20 GMT) as the citizens tried to swim without getting caught by patrols.

    All beaches in Egypt have been closed due to the pandemic except for those belonging to hotels.

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