Egypt investigates resort after dying of British couple – minister

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s tourism minister stated on Thursday authorities would take a look at meals and hygiene at a resort the place a British couple stayed earlier than dying final week, and forensic crew would full their postmortem within the coming days.

The couple, John and Susan Cooper, died inside hours of one another within the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada on Aug. 21.

John Cooper, 69, died on the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel and Susan Cooper, 63, died at a close-by hospital, prompting an evacuation of Thomas Cook [TGC.L] clients.

No one was instantly obtainable to remark from the resort, which stated final week there had not been an increase in instances of sickness. Egypt’s public prosecutor stated on Saturday that engineers had checked the resort’s air-con system and found it to be sound.

Local officers initially stated each had died from coronary heart failure, however Egypt’s public prosecutor stated the reason for dying was not instantly clear.

“Autopsies on the two bodies are currently being conducted by a team of forensic pathologists … I anticipate this will be concluded during next week,” Tourism Minister Rania al-Mashat stated in a press release.

A crew led by Egypt’s public prosecutor was inspecting the hygiene on the resort, testing meals, water and air-con programs, Mashat stated.

Thomas Cook CEO Peter Fankhauser travelled to Cairo to fulfill Mashat and Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly on Wednesday “to get to the bottom of what went wrong”, a press release from the company stated.

Egypt depends closely on tourism revenues, which have elevated this 12 months after the business was hit exhausting by the turmoil that adopted a 2011 well-liked rebellion.

Tourism income jumped 77 % within the first half of 2018 to round $four.eight billion in contrast with the identical interval final 12 months, an official informed Reuters on Wednesday.

Reporting by Momen Atallah, Mohamed Abdellah, John Davison; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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