Egypt will delay the start of classes for schools and universities as a precautionary measure against the spread of swine flu.
The state-run daily al-Gomhoriya reported in its early Friday edition that Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif announced the school year will now begin on October 3, a week later than planned.
The new date allows those returning from pilgrimage to Mecca during the holy month of Ramadan time to exhibit any signs of the disease as a precaution.
Millions of pilgrims from around the world are visiting Saudi Arabia during Ramadan, raising fears that swine flu could spread.
Provincial governors have the option to close down the schools if more than four cases surface among their students, the prime minister added.