Egypt will halt all air traffic at its airports from Thursday until March 31 to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said on Monday.
Egypt will sanitise hotels and tourist sites during the closure, he said in a news conference, adding that tourists now in the country would be able to complete their vacations.
Madbouly said Egypt’s strategic reserves of key commodities would last for months and there was no need for people to stock up.
He said local firms in the aviation sector would suffer losses of 2.25 billion Egyptian pounds ($143 million) due to the latest measures. The last plane allowed to depart would leave on Thursday, March 19, at noon.
Tourism is a key sector for the populous Arab country. Tourism revenue rose to a record high of $12.57 billion in the financial year that ended in July.