November 6, 2018 / 6:52 PM / 9 months ago

Thomas Cook plans hotel hygiene checks after Egypt deaths

The Thomas Cook logo is seen in this illustration photo January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration

(Reuters) - British holiday company Thomas Cook Group Plc (TCG.L) said it plans an independent hygiene assessment at any property where some customers fell sick last summer, following the deaths of two British tourists in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada in August.

The tour operator said in a statement here on Tuesday that the new checks would look at food safety and hygiene issues and will focus on the prevention of contagious infections.

Thomas Cook had moved 300 customers from the Steigenberger Aqua Magic, following the deaths of the holiday makers and it later found a high level of e-coli and staphylococcus bacteria at the hotel.

Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr

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