LONDON, United Kingdom, June 29, 2020/ -- The Egyptian authorities must immediately stop their campaign of harassment and intimidation against frontline health care workers who express safety concerns or criticize the government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, Amnesty International said today.
The organization documented how Egyptian authorities have used vague and overly broad charges of "spreading false news" and "terrorism" to arbitrarily arrest and detain health care workers who speak out and have subjected them to threats, harassment and punitive administrative measures.
Those targeted by the authorities have denounced unsafe working conditions, personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, insufficient infection control training, limited testing of health care workers, and...
The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan on January
7, 2020. Cases have since been confirmed in several other Asian
countries, Europe and the United States.
The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a public health emergency of international dimensions. WHO
chief Tedros Ghebereyesus said whiles China had a robust health system
to detect and control, his outfit remained concerned about the virus
entering country’s with weak systems.
Almost all African governments have publicly put in place strict
screening at points of entry especially airports. Ivory Coast, Kenya,
Ethiopia and Botswana have recorded suspected cases. All except Botswana
have reported that the tests were negative. African airlines have
cancelled scheduled flights to China exc...
Officials from the World Health Organization in Egypt said they were
working to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The virus has killed more than 300 in China, with cases reported in several other countries.
The WHO’s regional headquarters held a
news conference in Cairo on Sunday on developments related to cases of
the new virus in the Middle East.
We are working with them just to ensure that those students who are coming are healthy and they don't disseminate.
Abdi Nasir Boubakr is Infectious Hazard Management (IHM) unit team leader.
“As you know that there are a number of cases in the region, who are
bringing back their students into the country. Egypt is one of them,
Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia. We are helping them and we are working with
them just to...