Egypt's foreign reserves dropped $1 billion, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) announced yesterday.
"Foreign reserves declined to $36 billion in May, down from $37 billion in April," the CBE said in a statement, adding that the drop marked a "2.8 per cent decline."
The statement noted that the reduction was a result of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Egyptian foreign reserves registered a $3 billion decline in April, down to $37 billion, compared to a total of $5.4 billion the previous month.
The drop also comes after Egypt obtained a $2.77 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to address the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, it recently offered international bonds worth $5 billion to help it contend with the pandemic that has brought tourism to a standstill.