The Pandemic: A View from Egypt

Source: Project on Middle East Democracy

Author(s): Mariam Mahmoud and Ayman Sabae

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Background: Since last month, Egypt has been undergoing a third wave of COVID-19 infections, with cases reportedly five times higher than this time last year. From the outset of the pandemic, the government has resisted imposing consistent strict precautionary measures in order to protect the economy, but the result has been a failure to control the virus’s spread. Health workers have been particularly hard hit. The Doctors Syndicate has repeatedly voiced concerns over the vulnerability of medical professionals due to lack of adequate equipment and supplies and over the arrest of doctors and nurses who publicly criticized the government’s handling of the pandemic. To date, Egypt has reported 232,905 cases and 13,655 COVID-related deaths, but the true numbers are thought to be much higher.

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