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Egyptian authorities have forced a Guardian journalist to leave the country after she reported on a scientific study that said Egypt was likely to have many more coronavirus cases than have been officially confirmed.

Egyptian authorities have forced a Guardian journalist to leave the country after she reported on a scientific study that said Egypt was likely to have many more coronavirus cases than have been officially confirmed.

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  1. I know Trump lies daily about how the US is handling (or not handling) the situation because he is trying (and failing) to manipulate the stock markets in a positive way.

    Why do countries try to obscure the data around COVD-19? I’m sure there are different reasons for different countries, can some fine internet people help fill in those gaps for me?

  2. r/Egypt have been saying the same thing based on the fact that Europeans who came back from Egypt found they had contracted the virus

  3. Its going to be really interesting seeing strongmen and authoritarians play this out, some like Modi or the Saudis will take proper measures, while Trump and seemingly Sisi totally ignore it or enter denial

  4. Egypt is one of the weak links that brought covid-19 to Europe and North America. It deserves to be exposed for throwing its population under the bus to prop its tourism industry up.

    Interestingly another weak link is the cruise industry. Maybe we should rethink the whole tourism industry, it is extremely destructive even without pandemics.

  5. A whole neighbourhood in Meknès (Morocco) is now locked to due to 35 persons who came back from Egypt after a trip to there. All of them are positive.

  6. I could have written that from home. EVERY country will have more cases than officially confirmed!

  7. People think that COVID is horrible in Europe and US .

    But the middle east, with Islamic societies where Friday prayers are compulsory and large congregations common , with less than effective medical systems – will be the hardest hit.

    It’s already ravaging through Indonesia and Malaysia in SE Asia, where I am from.

  8. Them and every other damn country

  9. Isn’t that true for all countries, though?

  10. I think that it’s a pretty safe assumption, that the number of cases is higher than officially confirmed.

    Not just for Egypt.

  11. Thats because egypt is an absolute mess. I dont even think the government knows whats going on with egypt

  12. Reporter should have just lead with all countries may have more coronaviruses than officially confirmed…….lead off with USA, UK, China and then hit em with the Egypt.

    Countries dont like to be singled out. Simple politics.

  13. Pretty sure everyone has many more cases than reported simply because not everybody is tested. Everybody should make Guardian reporters leave just on principle. Including the UK.

  14. Well, personally, if I were head-of-state in a nation in which something like this occurred…

    I’d give someone like her a friggin award for pointing out a grave danger and flaw to a nation, in order to help get our country back on track, and save as many lives as possible, as I’m sure many of you here would also do.

    But ALAS…

    Seems like the powers to be have a very different and vile view of people like her.

  15. >*”How dare you tell the world that we’re human! Get out of our country!”*

    – Egyptian authorities, apparently.

  16. Lmao, at least they didn’t kill her, that’s what I would’ve expected

  17. Almost everywhere has many more than confirmed due to lack of testing. If you are ill, stay home, unless you have been out of country or running a high fever is our criteria. I am not sure even high fever will get you tested.

  18. Same as in Serbia, they just send people home to isolate themself and dont test anyone. So the official numbers are what they are, but real numbers are in 4 digit spectrum for days now

  19. Every country in the world has more cases than officially confirmed – other than those where the epidemic has been contained. It’s just pure logic.

  20. Or they could have just found out she works for guardian.

  21. I mean, most Egyptians know by now that there’s a massive coverup by the government so it’s nothing new really. A couple of days ago a doctor we know told us that there’s actually 17000 cases and counting so…

  22. This entire fucking world is all about money. We are going to kill ourselves because of money one day. What a fucking shit show. At least nature will retake all that we’ve fucked up on this planet.

  23. Well at least they didn’t imprison her, so that’s a step up from the usual.

  24. I know I’m off topic here, but she is gorgeous.

  25. We take for granted freedom of press, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. Some other countries don’t have these freedoms.

  26. I get the feeling this is true of many countries. I’ve heard that screening is restricted almost everywhere – to only those in hospital from signs, to only those in at risk groups. Both of which would mean healhy people with symptoms, being very mobile vectors for the virus, are not being confirmed as cases. I’d put good money on every country not reporting properly.

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  28. Following the lead of American politicians of a certain political party that cannot be named because they don’t believe in reality.

  29. That’s very Trump-like of them

  30. The journalist which claimed that also said during the 2011 revolutions that Mubarak’s fortune was like 90 billion dollars..

  31. In that F…..g country, she’s lucky she got out alive….Female and infidel already had two strikes against her.

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