Coronavirus: Egypt Disinfects the Pyramids of Giza

Coronavirus: Egypt Disinfects the Pyramids of Giza


Egyptian municipality workers disinfect the Giza pyramid complex on the southwestern outskirts of the capital, Cairo, as part of the protective measures against the spread of the coronavirus, Wednesday, March 25.
READ MORE: Egypt began deep cleaning the area around the Giza pyramids on Wednesday as authorities work to disinfect tourist spots closed by the coronavirus outbreak.

Workers wearing face masks and gloves swept and sprayed the walkways around the bases of the pyramids, as well as the ticket office and a visitor center. The giant stone structures were not themselves cleaned.

All of Egypt’s famed archaeological sites and museums, from the Egyptian museum in Cairo to the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, have been shut since Monday as authorities try to prevent coronavirus from spreading.

Egypt will impose a night-time curfew for two weeks from Wednesday to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli announced.

"Movement will be banned on all public roads from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. … for two weeks," Madbouli told a news conference on Tuesday. "All mass transport, public and private, will be halted over the same period."

Penalties for violators include a fine of up to 4,000 Egyptian pounds (just more than $250) and even prison, he said.

Egypt has confirmed 442 cases of coronavirus and 21 deaths. (AP/AFP)

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