Egypt government policy to address COVID-19 Pandemic

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies

Author(s): Abdel-Wahab Mohamed

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On March 11, 2020, WHO declared Covid-19 as a pandemic after continued assessment of its outbreak worldwide. “WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic,” WHO[1] director-general said on 11 March 2020. And since Egypt has been living in exceptional circumstances since the coup d’etat of the third of July 2013, the situation has become more complicated, particularly in a crisis of this type and size, where security logic prevails over all decisions, taking into account that the regime suffers from a lack of legitimacy complex, always viewing the society as a source of threat to its stability. Since the military coup, the Sisi regime has been trying to restore the State’s strength and mental image as capable of imposing unlimited control and security repression against its opponents.

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