Egypt evacuates 45 suspected Covid-19 cases on Nile cruise ship

Many foreign tourists and Egyptian crew remained quarantined last night on board Nile river cruise ship A-Sara. US, French and Indian nationals were among those stranded on the vessel, which is now docked near the southern tourist city of Luxor.

On Saturday Egyptian authorities reported moving 45 suspected cases – 33 passengers and 12 crew – into isolation on land, without saying what would happen to the others aboard the ship.

Philippe Gruwe, a member of a French tour group, told AFP by phone on Monday that there were about 80 people on board, crew members and travellers, confined in quarantine for 14 days”.

The ship arrived in Luxor from Aswan last Thursday and was towed to a position outside the city and placed under quarantine.

The first cases emerged after a Taiwanese-American woman who had been on the cruise tested positive for the coronavirus upon her return home. There were 171 people were on board the boat –101 passengers and 70 crew – Zayed said. Of the 45 suspected cases from the boat announced over the past two days, 19 were foreign nationals.