News & Analysis: Egypt

Egypt sends aid to 30 African countries

“Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has ordered the delivery of $4 million worth of medical aid to 30 African countries to help them combat coronavirus.”

via Arab News

Egyptian startup turns shipping containers into COVID-19 clinics

“Two Cairo millennials have brought shipping-container architecture to Egypt, converting 20-foot-long metal hulks into everything from pop-up restaurants to corporate offices.”

via Arab News

Egypt allows coronavirus tests on arrival for tourists

“Visitors to Egypt will no longer have to produce a negative coronavirus test to enter the country after fears that tourists would cancel their holidays because of the requirement. Instead, the country’s civil aviation authority told airlines that visitors could get a polymerase chain reaction test upon arrival at these international airports for $30.”

via Arab News

Optimism in Egypt despite strict virus protocols

“Following a government decision, EgyptAir will ask passengers arriving in the country to submit a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before arrival. Waheed Assem, a board member of the Tourist Chambers, said while the government decision has caused controversy in the tourism industry, he remains optimistic about the outcome.”

via Arab News

External debt complicates Africa’s COVID-19 recovery

“For sub-Saharan African economies, interest repayments constitute the highest expenditure portion – and fastest-growing expenditure – of budgets.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Egypt’s unemployment rate rises due to coronavirus

“Egypt’s unemployment rate rose to 9.6 percent in the second quarter of 2020 compared with 7.5 percent a year earlier, due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

via Arab News

Africa’s top 10 COVID-19 hotspots face virus storm

“The World Health Organisation has warned that the coronavirus pandemic could overwhelm already strained public health systems in Africa. Despite considerable investments in the past five months, Africa’s healthcare infrastructure remains gravely inadequate. The average doctor to patient ratio of 1:5,000 is still far short of the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended proportion of 1:1,000.”

via The East African

Egypt’s homeless children hit hard by pandemic scourge

“Young people and children who roam the streets are among the poorest and are regularly exposed to verbal, physical and sexual violence and exploitation. The novel coronavirus, which has killed nearly 4,000 people and infected around 83,000 more in Egypt, has compounded their vulnerability, as the country battles an economic downturn and access to support is reduced due to lockdown measures.”

via Arab News

Deadly virus spreading in Egypt prisons

“At least 14 prisoners have died from likely COVID-19 complications in scantly-monitored outbreaks of the disease at Egyptian detention centers.”

via Arab News

Africa’s Varied COVID-19 Landscapes

“There is not a single African COVID-19 trajectory, but rather multiple, distinct risk profiles. Recognizing this can facilitate a better understanding of and response to the pandemic threat in Africa.”

via Africa Center for Strategic Studies