People are seen in front of the pyramid of Khufu, Egypt illuminated with text encouraging people to stay home.
Gulf Today Report
Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities emblazoned the front of the Great Pyramid of Giza conveying a message of solidarity and appreciation with those battling the novel coronavirus the world over.
The message, displayed in both English and Arabic read, “Stay Home” “Stay Safe”, “Thank You to Those Keeping Us Safe”.
Egypt has so far registered 656 coronavirus cases, including 41 deaths. Of the total infected, 150 reportedly recovered.
"The tourism sector is one of the most affected industry but our priority is health," said tourism and antiquities minister Khaled al-Anani.
Senior antiquities ministry official Mostafa al-Waziri thanked all the medical staff.
Egypt has carried out sweeping disinfection operations at archaeological sites, museums and other sites across the country.
In tandem, strict social distancing measures were imposed to reduce the risk of contagion among the country's 100 million inhabitants.
Tourist and religious sites are shuttered, schools are closed and air traffic halted.
Authorities have also declared a night-time curfew and threatened penalties including fines and even prison.
On Monday, the interior ministry said hundreds were arrested for violating curfew orders. It was not immediately clear if they were later released.
The World Health Organization has commended Egypt's response to the pandemic as "strong and adapted to the situation".
But it called on the Arab world's most populous country to boost hospital resources to better prepare for potential wider transmission.
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Expatriates living in the UAE were elated as their family members, colleagues, friends stuck in other countries are now able to return as the UAE has lifted restriction on incoming flights from Monday onwards.
The Committee explained that the new guidelines take into account the exceptional situations of some categories of people including people of determination, children, and those with chronic respiratory conditions.
The UAE will today (Monday) start receiving residents with valid residence visas, who were stranded abroad due to coronavirus pandemic from various countries.