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Egypt Prepares COVID-19 Testing Centers at Airports

Egypt Prepares COVID-19 Testing Centers at Airports

Saturday, 12 June, 2021 - 09:30
A man receives a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease in Cairo (Reuters)

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism established coronavirus PCR testing centers in some Egyptian airports near touristic cities.

Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Anani said that all residents of South Sinai and the Red Sea will be vaccinated by the end of June, noting that all workers in the tourism sectors in those governorates received their jabs.

The Minister added that inoculation of tourism workers has started in Cairo, Giza, Luxor, and Aswan, stressing that coronavirus test centers have been established in some Egyptian airports.

Tourists will be able to take their PCR test upon arrival, at a reduced price, in addition to the possibility of conducting antibody tests upon request before departing for their countries.

Anani expects a boom in the rates of Russian and Ukrainian tourists to South Sinai and Red Sea governorates, noting that there is a noticeable turnout during the current period of tourists from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Belarus.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly stressed that the government will exert all efforts to support the tourism sector while maintaining the precautionary and preventive measures that will be adopted internationally to restore the safe tourism movement during the pandemic.

Madbouly was speaking Friday on the sidelines of the inauguration of the first forum of heads of African investment agencies in Sharm El-Sheikh.

The Health Ministry said 755 new coronavirus cases were detected on Thursday, raising the total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak in the country began to 271,047, including 199,285 recoveries and 15,510 deaths.

Egypt has until now received 5.6 million doses of AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, and Sinovac vaccines.

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