Thomas Cook has said food and hygiene standards tests have identified a high level of e-coli and staphylococcus bacteria at an Egypt hotel following the deaths of two British guests.

John Cooper, 69 and his wife Susan, 63, died on August 21 after staying at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel in Hurghada. John sadly died at the hotel and Susan passed away at a nearby hospital on the same day.

Following the tragic deaths, Thomas Cook commissioned an independent hygiene specialist and air quality specialist to conduct a series of tests at the hotel.

They said the tests on the food and hygiene standards identified a high level of e-coli and staphylococcus bacteria.

Thomas Cook said it is likely that the presence of e-coli and staphylococcus would explain the raised level of illness reported among guests at the hotel during this time, supporting their earlier decision to remove 300 customers.

However, neither their independent specialists nor independent expert Doctor Vanya Gant believe these results shed any light on the still unexplained cause of death of Mr and Mrs Cooper. The results of the autopsies being conducted by the Egyptian authorities are being awaited.

The daughter of the British couple who died said she feared a ‘cover up’ to save the country’s tourism industry.

Speaking before Thomas Cook’s findings were released earlier today, Kelly Ormerod, 40, said she wants answers as to what happened, but fears she will never know the truth.

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