The Egyptian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization announced today, Friday, that 12 cases of corona virus were detected on a Nile cruise ship in the south of the country.
The World Health Organization and the Egyptian Ministry of Health said in a joint statement that the Nile cruise ship was heading from Aswan to Luxor in the south of the country. It was not clear how many people were on board at the time.
The statement said that the twelve cases were discovered after it was confirmed that an American of Taiwanese origin who was on board the ship had contracted the virus after returning to her country.
The statement added that it is believed that this tourist transmitted the infection to others.
The Ministry of Health said that the infected cases would be transferred to a quarantine facility and all those in contact with them would be subjected to a 14-day quarantine.
The Al-Ahram Gate quoted a security source as saying that the River A.A. ship was towed to an area about 20 km from Luxor and was also quarantined.
The newspaper added that the ship arrived in Luxor on Thursday after a two-day Nile cruise that included visiting tourist sites such as Kom Ombo Temple and Edfu.