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Repression and Coronavirus Response in Egypt

The Egyptian government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak has become a case study in repression, propaganda, and misinformation. The regime has been quick to treat the pandemic as a regime security risk, rather than a public health crisis. This policy is rooted in the security apparatus’ control over civilian institutions, and the …

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Death or jail: Egypt’s medics battle Covid-19 and state persecution

Egyptian healthcare workers find themselves in a precarious position, with many forced to choose between risking their lives in the fight against Covid-19 and being arrested for voicing safety concerns or criticising the government’s handling of the public health crisis.

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Egypt is targeting ‘evil people’ instead of fighting Covid-19

These days, if you go walking in the “well-guarded city” – the “Al-Mahrusa” as Cairo has been dubbed – after 8pm, you will see only policemen patrolling the empty streets, enforcing the exceptional rules laid down by the government to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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Egypt arrests doctors, silences critics over coronavirus outbreak

A doctor arrested after writing an article about Egypt’s fragile health system. A pharmacist picked up from work after posting online about a shortage of protective gear. An editor taken from his home after questioning official coronavirus figures. A pregnant doctor arrested after a colleague used her phone to report …

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Coronavirus in Sinai: Fear and negligence as cases rise. Governor: ‘Expected and not disturbing’

June 22, 2020 – Residents of North Sinai have been living in anxiety over the past few weeks as there was a sudden surge in the number of positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recorded in the governorate’s two biggest cities: Arish and Bir al-Abd. The anxiety has been …

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