Africa: Tourism from European countries worries Egypt even as COVID 19 cases hit 92,062

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The ravaging COVID 19 pandemic around the world has left huge effects on the movement of tourists around the world.

This with the increasing records of the cases which observers fear may be worsened by the entry and exit of visitors especially from countries with high records of the pandemic. This is the case with Egypt as reported by africa.com.

Egypt reported 703 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the health ministry said, the lowest figure since late May. In total, 86,474 COVID-19 cases have been reported and 4,188 deaths, including 68 on Friday, the ministry said in a statement.

Egypt reopened resorts to foreign tourists on July 1 after tourism came to a halt in March under measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak. But Egypt has not made it yet to a “safe list” of countries for resumption of non-essential travel to the European Union, which is reviewed every two weeks.

Tourism accounts for 5% of Egypt’s economic output, according to the government.

Analysts put the figure as much as 15% if jobs indirectly related to the sector are included.

They are back, thronging the narrow alleys of Cairo’s medieval quarter, filling the hallways of the famed Egyptian museum and gazing with a mix of amazement and disbelief at the Pyramids of Giza.

Egypt’s vital tourism industry is rapidly recovering from the slump brought by years of turmoil and violence after a 2011 uprising toppled long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak.

Reports say, about 15 million tourists visited Egypt in 2010 with the sector boosting the fortunes of the ancient city which went into turmoil in an attempt to overthrow Hosni Mubarak.

This new development has been applauded by the government and the millions employed in the vital industry.

Current data shows that nearly 9 million tourists visited Egypt in 2018, up from 5.4 million in 2016. Revenues from tourism are expected to total $9 billion in 2018, up from $7.6bn the previous year.

Source: africa.com

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