The fumigation was done at the entrances to the pyramids, the ticket offices, the security arches and the roads that surround the three colossal constructions and the sphinx
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Egypt fumigates and disinfects its pyramids with coronaviruses. PHOTO EFE
The monumental complex of the Giza pyramids, one of the wonders of humanity, was fumigated on Wednesday as part of the disinfection work to fight against the spread of the COVID pandemic – 19 also among archaeological sites and historical of Egypt.
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A group of six cleaners with masks and protective and fumigation equipment were engaged today in the task of sanitizing the environment of the pyramids of Cheops, Kefren and Micerinos, an image that will be part of the stamp album that the pandemic is leaving in the world.
We take advantage of this suspension to prepare the archaeological zone in terms of maintenance and restoration so that when tourism recovers, the area of the pyramids is at its maximum splendor to receive its visitors, “said the director general of the archaeological zone of the pyramids, Ahraf Mohi.
The fumigation was done at the entrances to the pyramids, the ticket offices, the security arches and the roads that surround the three colossal constructions and the sphinx, which for several days have received practically no visits after the authorities decide to suspend flights and local agencies see mass cancellations of tourists.
Mohi clarified that “the monument has a specific form of sterilization with specific material that will be carried out by a team of specialized restorers” inside.
The current sterilization is on the outside of tourist routes, roads, buildings and administrative facilities only, “he added.
In recent days, the disinfectant has been impregnating the walls of the Karnak and Abu Simbel temples, and the hotel complexes of half a country, due to a decision announced on the day 18 by the Egyptian Government.
Last week, tourism employees working in Luxor, world famous for hosting the tombs of pharaohs and queens, and the Karnak temple, among other great world heritage sites, were quarantined until the end of month to ensure they have no COVID – 19 or otherwise avoid contagion.
Tourism employees are also following these measures in Aswan, a province located south of Luxor and with an important cultural heritage, and in South Sinai, known for its hotels and beaches in the Red Sea.
All the workers of the services that are served on the cruises that cross the Nile in that area, the tourists who were in the country until last week and the employees of the sector have been subjected to tests, and the who have tested positive have been isolated in hospitals, according to the Government.
The Egyptian authorities have identified tourism, a sector that had been recovering in the last two years and brought about 06 millions of people in the country, one of the possible sources of risk of contagion of the virus.
So far Egypt has 366 cases of the disease, which has caused 19 deaths.
Egypt has suspended all international flights since 19 of March and yesterday announced the extension until 15 of this decision, while the authorities continue to increase the measures of confinement and limitation of activity in public spaces.
Previously, the Egyptian authorities subjected random controls on March 9 to 558 people, half of them tourists and the other half Egyptian employees, in hotels and cruises in Luxor and Aswan, tests that were totally negative, according to the Government.
The first cases of COVID were recorded on cruises that sail between these two cities in the Nile Valley – 19 in Egypt.
With information from EFE