In light of the precautionary measures to counter the novel coronavirus, an awareness campaign to safeguard the employees in the tourism sector, Egyptian and foreign visitors to museums and archeological sites all over the country, has been launched by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in coordination with the Ministry of Health and Population.
According to the awareness campaign, a collection of 1000 posters, panels and brochures on the precautionary measures and safety instructions issued by the World Health Organization to fight against the virus were distributed among all employees of the ministry and others who are working in the tourism sector, and installed at the entrances of museums and archeological sites.
Gloves, masks, and sanitizers were also distributed among the employees at the tickets kiosks and security guards at the different sights.
The Ministry’s administrative premises in Abbasiya, Giza and Zamalek areas were sterilized while surfaces and places in connection with visitors and public are cleaned and disinfected for several times during the day with approved sanitizers to ensure the safety of visitors and employees.
The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities started on sterilizing the archaeological sites and museums across the country as part of the precautionary measures taken by the state to prevent the spread of the new corona virus (covid-19).
Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mustafa al-Waziri explained that the sterilization process takes place in accordance with the international standards for disinfection and using the materials approved by the Ministry of Health.
Protective and sterilization tools, as well as gloves, masks and disinfectants were provided to all workers.
The ministry had decided to close all archaeological sites and museums in Egypt from March 23 for sterilization and disinfection.
Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly moved on Tuesday March 24, to extend the suspension of international air traffic in airports nationwide until April 15, as part of measures to confront the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
The flight suspensions were originally set to last from March 19 through March 31.
The representative of the Italian Consulate in Upper Egypt, Francis Amin, praised the medical team at Luxor Governorate’s Esna quarantine hospital for their heroic efforts to save the lives of ten Italian tourists infected with coronavirus, all of whom were over 70 years old.
Amin said that the medical team proved that Egypt was a refuge for all, regardless of nationality.
Shepheard Hotel was a name known worldwide, synonymous with Cairo and Egypt itself, where the world’s most glamorous and well-heeled travellers congregated to see and be seen.
The Ministry of Public Sector Business just signed an EGP 1.4 billion agreement with Saudi Arabian Al Sharif Group Holding to restore the 316-room hotel within 42 months.
It’s not clear who will eventually be managing the hotel .