The number of poisoned tourists from Russia in a hotel in Hurghada has risen to 40. TASS with reference to the Federation of Tourism Chambers of Egypt.
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According to the interlocutor of the agency, 40 travelers have applied to the hospital, four have been discharged by now, 36 people are undergoing treatment. The condition of all patients is satisfactory, stable, there is no threat to their lives. Doctors can release them as early as Monday, November 1.
The fact that about 30 Russian tourists in Egypt ended up in hospitals with severe symptoms of poisoning became known on the night of Sunday, October 31, from their relatives. The victims were hospitalized from the AMC Royal Hotel in Hurghada, among them there are children from two years old. All tourists have a high fever, symptoms of dehydration, doctors give them injections and droppers.
A source TASS in the Federation of Tourism Chambers of Egypt explained that tourists felt unwell after lunch. Relatives of the hotel guests said that they became ill mostly on Saturday night, October 30: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness and high fever appeared. In the morning, the hotel guests began to be taken to local hospitals, where they are given IVs.
The representative of the Russian Consulate General in Hurghada said that the condition of the victims is satisfactory, none of them contacted travel companies.
Later, the Consul General of Russia in Hurghada, Viktor Voropaev, said that the sanitary authorities of the resort town decided to close the AMC Royal hotel, where the poisoning occurred, for two days, and tourists were settled in other hotels. The Consulate General is monitoring the situation. In particular, the diplomats will find out whether only the Russians were poisoned in the hotel. According to the insurance company, the authorities are planning to open a criminal case against the hotel in connection with unsanitary conditions.
After that in the Federation of Tourism Chambers of Egypt TASS clarified that the hotel is not closed for two days, but for an indefinite period for violation of sanitary safety standards and is unlikely to be opened in the near future.
The investigation has begun by the prosecutor’s office. For non-compliance with sanitary safety requirements for food, drinks and services provided, the hotel faces not only large financial fines, but also full closure with revocation of the license.
Russian tourists massively rushed to travel on the November holidays despite the call of Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova to refrain from traveling to other regions of the country during non-working days from October 30 to November 7 due to the situation with the coronavirus. Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko also asked citizens to refuse travel, “otherwise the pandemic cannot be stopped.”
However, as the executive director of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) Maya Lomidze said, the Russians bought up almost all the places in hotels in Egypt – many tour operators recorded massive demand for this destination during the November holidays. According to Lomidze, the announcement of the extension of the November holidays due to the lockdown in Moscow and the regions “further spurred consumer demand.”
In addition, analysts have recorded an increased interest of Russians in Turkey. Based on data on ticket purchases and tours for the period from October 30 to November 7, it turned out that the demand for tours to Turkey increased by 85 percent. Also, citizens began to take an interest in traveling within the country – the demand for domestic resorts increased by 26 percent.
From October 30, non-working days began in all regions of Russia, announced due to the increase in cases of coronavirus infection. The work of the majority of enterprises in the service sector, shopping centers, clubs and bars has been suspended.
Infrastructure organizations continue to operate, as do end-to-end companies and a number of federal agencies. In particular, the restrictions did not affect pharmacies, grocery stores, and delivery services.
In accordance with the decision of the country’s President Vladimir Putin, non-working days will last until November 7 inclusive and may be extended.
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