Hotels in Egypt that have reopened with occupancy capped at just a quarter are full, according to reports this weekend.

Reuters reported an unnamed Egyptian tourism official as saying 78 hotels in the Red Sea region that met COVID-19 conditions are between 20% and 22% full.

Airports in Egypt remain closed to international flights after they were suspended in March when the country also closed hotels, restaurants and cafes to control the spread of coronavirus.

However, hotels are now being allowed to re-open at a reduced capacity, but only if they are able to operate according to health and safety protocols and social distancing.

Reuters said on top of the 78 hotels already open on the Red Sea, a further 173 have applied for a licence to re-open across the country.

The Egyptian government hopes to be able to increase the occupancy level hotels can operate at to 50% in June.