Egyptian authorities have ordered its pyramids be disinfected to stop the coronavirus from spreading.
In one of the latest moves made by the government, which has also imposed a nightly curfew for the next two weeks, as well as closing schools and stopping flights into the country, other than those repatriating travelers.
Egypt had more than 400 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 21 deaths as of March 25, according to The New York Times. From March 23 to March 31, all archaeological sites have been ordered to close across the country. It's not ideal timing for the Pyramid of Djoser, the world's oldest colossal stone building, which only reopened earlier in March after restoration works that took 14 years.
While the popular tourist spots are empty they're getting a deep clean. Masked and suited cleaners wielding industrial sterilization equipment have been sanitizing the pyramids' entrances, ticket offices, and nearby roads.
Ashraf Mohie El-Din, director general of the pyramids, said to clean the pyramids required "specific materials" and cleaning had to be done "by a specialized team of excavators." "We are making use of this period to sanitize the entire area, but also to carry out some maintenance work and renovation to have this area ready to accept visitors again," he said.