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Public Prosecution detains 3 hotel officials in Hurghada over tourists’ food poisoning

Samples have been taken from the hotel's food for urgent analysis

The Egyptian Public Prosecution issued a decision to detain three officials in a hotel in Hurghada, after 47 tourists fell sick.

The Egyptian Public Prosecution issued a statement saying: “The Public Prosecutor ordered the detention of the assistant director of food and beverages: the hotel’s quality officer and the chief chef for four days, pending investigations into the incident of food poisoning of some of the tourists in a hotel in Hurghada.”

The prosecution had said in a previous statement that it had received a report on October 30 that 14 Estonian guests of a hotel in Hurghada fell ill. After eating dinner at the hotel, they were taken to the hospital, and the Public Prosecutor ordered an urgent investigation into the incident.

The statement added that an inspection was conducted at the hotel’s headquarters, and samples were taken from the hotel’s food in the kitchen, freezers, processing places and various water sources.

They are to be examined and a detailed report is to be prepared, including the results of its analysis.

During the examination, the public prosecution found that 29 others from Russia and four from the Czech Republic fell ill and were hospitalized as well.

The Russian Consul General in Hurghada, Viktor Voropaev said on Sunday that 31 Russian tourists have suffered food poisoning during their stay in a hotel in Hurghada.

In statements to Al-Masry Al-Youm, Voropaev said that the health condition of the tourists is stable and they will be allowed to leave the hospital later on Sunday.

The Russian consul confirmed that the tourists suffering from food poisoning will be transferred to an alternative hotel upon their discharge from the hospital.

On August 9, regular flights from Russia to Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada resumed after Moscow and Cairo agreed in April to fully resume air traffic between the two nations, including Egyptian resorts.

Flights between Russia and Egypt had been fully suspended since 2015, after a passenger plane traveling from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg exploded over the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 217 passengers and seven crew members on board.

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) determined the incident to be a terror attack.

The resumption of and increase in flights will contribute to boosting tourism in Egypt, as Russian tourism typically  generates billions of dollars in revenue for the country.

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