Source: Cairo – Arabic.net
The Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Dr. Khaled Anani, said that the average losses of the tourism sector are about one billion dollars a month due to the suspension of flights, and “but the most important is the health of Egyptians.”
He noted that Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly meets with all concerned ministers daily to follow up on developments regarding the new Corona virus “Covid-19”.
Tourism revenues in 2019 exceeded the levels achieved in 2010 and reached 12 billion dollars.
Egypt suspends flights
The Egyptian Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, has announced the suspension of air traffic in all Egyptian airports, starting next Thursday afternoon.
Madbouly added that this suspension will continue until March 31, and that the aim of this decision is to prevent the spread of the Corona virus.
He pointed out that the government will sterilize hotels and tourist facilities during the flight suspension period.
Madbouly stated that the number of workers in state agencies and government departments will be reduced in order to reduce mixing between citizens.
Suspension of the study
Last Saturday, the Egyptian presidency suspended the study in schools and universities for two weeks, starting from March 15, as part of efforts to combat the outbreak of the Corona virus.
The statement said that Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi also called for allocating 100 billion Egyptian pounds (6.38 billion dollars) in financing “within the framework of the comprehensive state plan to deal with any possible repercussions of the emerging Corona virus.”
To date, the country has recorded more than 100 Corona virus cases and two deaths.
100 billion stimulus package
In an interview broadcast by “Al-Arabiya” channel on Monday, Egyptian Finance Minister Mohamed Moait said that the stimulus package launched with 100 billion pounds will be funded from the reserves of the state budget to reduce the effects of the Corona virus outbreak.
Moait stressed that this support will be directed mainly to the health sector, and everything related to national security.
He pointed out that the decline in oil prices will have a positive impact on Egypt’s budget.