Egyptian authorities have opened an investigation after dozens of foreign tourists fell ill with food poisoning in a popular Red Sea resort.
At least 47 European travelers were hospitalized after dinner in the city of Hurghada, the Egyptian prosecutor said.
These included 29 Russian tourists, 12 Estonian nationals and four people from the Czech Republic.
Many have now been released from the hospital after their condition improved, the prosecutor said.
Three hotel workers were arrested, the agency added.
“The attorney general has ordered the arrest of the deputy food and beverage manager, the hotel’s quality manager and the chef for four days,” the prosecutor said on Facebook.
The three suspects have denied allegations of endangering the lives of hotel guests.
The tourism authorities have ordered the hotel to be closed, suspended its director and revoked his work permit.
The tourism authorities have also ordered the hotel to be closed, suspended its director and revoked his work permit.
The incident came as Egypt struggled to revive its vital tourism industry, which was badly hit by the turmoil following the 2011 uprising and, more recently, the coronavirus pandemic.
The government has maintained looser virus-related restrictions in the Red Sea resorts of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh to attract foreign visitors.