Egypt arrests three workers at Red Sea hotel after 50 tourists hospitalised with food poisoning

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Egypt arrests three workers at Red Sea hotel together with head chef for ‘endangering visitors’ lives’ after 50 international tourists have been hospitalised with food poisoning following dinner

  • Three workers at a hotel in Hurghada have been arrested after 50 tourists hospitalised
  • Tourists included 14 Estonians, 29 Russians and 4 from the Czech Republic
  • Authorities have ordered the closure of the hotel and inspection was carried out

By Associated Press and Clare Mccarthy For Mailonline

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Egypt has arrested three workers at Red Sea hotel for ‘endangering visitors’ lives’ after 50 international tourists have been hospitalised with food poisoning following dinner. 

They have been admitted to hospital after that they had dinner over the weekend in a hotel within the seaside resort metropolis of Hurghada, which is well-liked with tourists for scuba diving. 

Egypt’s chief prosecutor Hamada el-Sawy mentioned in an announcement that the workers, together with the hotel’s head chef, face accusations of endangering the visitors’ lives.

The workers denied the accusations, the prosecutor’s assertion mentioned. 

The sickened tourists embody 14 Estonians, 29 Russians and 4 from the Czech Republic. Many have been discharged from hospital after their situations improved, it mentioned.  

Three workers at a hotel in Hurghada, a seaside resort on the Red Sea in Egypt (pictured), have been arrested after 50 tourists have been hospitalised with food poisoning over the weekend

Tourism authorities have ordered the closure of the hotel, which was not named, suspended its director and revoked his work licence.

An inspection was carried out at the hotel’s headquarters, and samples have been taken from the hotel’s food within the kitchen, freezers, processing locations and varied water sources. They are to be examined and an in depth report is to be ready with the outcomes. 

Russia’s TASS information company quoted the Russian consul common in Hurghada, Viktor Voropayev, as saying that the tourists have been accommodated at different motels. 

‘The well being situation of all of the sufferers is passable, secure and never life-threatening,’ Mr Voropayev was quoted as saying.

Russia is a serious supply of international tourists visiting Egypt and in August, Russia allowed the resumption of flights between its territory and the Red Sea resorts for the primary time since a 2015 aircraft crash (pictured, Russian tourists journey from Sheremetyevo to Sharm El-Sheikh)

The incident has come as Egypt is struggling to revive its important tourism trade, which was badly hit by the turmoil that adopted the 2011 rebellion, and extra not too long ago by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The authorities has saved looser virus-related restrictions within the Red Sea resorts of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh to attempt to appeal to international guests.

Russia is a serious supply of international tourists visiting Egypt and authorities efforts obtained a lift in August when Russia allowed the resumption of flights between its territory and the Red Sea resorts.

It was the primary time air site visitors was allowed since a bomb by the native so-called Islamic State affiliate introduced down a Russian flight over the Sinai Peninsula in October 2015, killing all 224 folks on board. 

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