Egypt suspending flights from March 19 to halt spread of coronavirus

Flags of Egypt and EgyptAir are seen over an Egyptair in-flight service building at Cairo International Airport. (File photo: AFP)

Egypt will halt all air traffic from its airports starting Thursday until March 31 to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said on Monday.

Egypt will sanitize hotels during the closure, he said in a televised news conference, adding that tourists currently staying in the country would be able to complete their vacation.

Madbouly said Egypt's strategic reserves of key commodities would last for months and there was no need for people to stock up.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54