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Coronavirus the Egyptian way

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At a time when all countries of the world announced the coronavirus and took the necessary precautions to confront it, and the World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus a global pandemic, Egypt continued to deny the virus’ spread in the country and covered up the deaths resulting from it.

Instead, it declared the cause of these deaths as pneumonia. Moreover, it accused all those who demand the closure of schools and imposition of a curfew in the country of insulting Egypt and treachery. Meanwhile, the rest of the world has closed its airports to tourists, while Egypt continues to welcome tourist groups out of fear that the country’s tourism sector declines, as it generates hard currency for the country. This resulted in an Italian tourist infecting nearly 40 people who were on the same cruise ship as her in Luxor. When global news outlets reported this and the Guardian published a report which estimated that the number of people infected by the coronavirus in Egypt was in the tens of thousands and that Egypt had not been transparent and had not announced the real number of cases, the government went mad, shut the newspaper’s office and deported its correspondent from Egypt.

The Egyptian regime remained in a state of denial and insisted on remaining stubborn, and in order to prove that........

© Middle East Monitor