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The European Union agreed to bar tourists from the United States as part of its reopening strategy.

The EU announced on Tuesday that travelers from 14 other countries will be allowed to visit member nations, but the U.S. did not make the cut. The union cited the uptick in coronavirus cases in many U.

S. states as the reason behind the decision.

The U.S. was not the only major country to have travelers barred from the European Union. Russia, Brazil, and India were also excluded from the reopening. The EU also has a temporary hold on tourists from China because China currently has a ban on tourists from the EU. The agreement is "subject to confirmation of reciprocity" from China to allow European tourists in their country.

The hold on U.S. tourists is temporary. The EU agreed to revisit the list of countries allowed to enter member nations every 14 days. Non-citizens already living in the bloc of nations are not included in the exclusion and are allowed to continue living where they are.

In the early days of the pandemic, President Trump issued a travel ban on most members of the EU.

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Egypt reopens airports and welcomes tourists to pyramids after COVID closure

CAIRO – Egypt restarted international flights and reopened major tourist attractions including the Great Pyramids of Giza on Wednesday after over three months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The country closed its airports to scheduled international flights and shut famous historical sites in mid-March as the government looked to curb the spread of the virus.

That brought the tourist industry, which the government says accounts for 5 percent of economic output but which analysts say may account for as much as 15 percent if jobs and investment indirectly related to the industry are included, to a virtual halt.

Visitors were few at Giza on the first day, Reuters witnesses said, adding that they spotted only a handful of people at the normally packed site.

“It’s a pretty place, this is where we see the symbol of Egypt and this is why we come here,” said tourist Ravalonandrasana Maurice.

Meanwhile, 16 flights took off from Cairo International Airport on Wednesday, the aviation minister said. Two arrival terminals were empty in the morning but a screen showed four scheduled flights expected to arrive from Toulouse, Kuwait, Tunis and Amman.

Tourism and antiquities minister Khaled al-Anany said two chartered flights arrived Wednesday morning to airports in South Sinai and the Red Sea carrying tourists from Ukraine.

These provinces along the Red Sea Coast as well as Marsa Matrouh on the Mediterranean were allowed to reopen as they had the lowest case numbers so far.

The health ministry has registered 68,311 cases of the coronavirus and 2,953 deaths.

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