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Millions of Egyptians out in the streets despite coronavirus lockdown

Many irregular workers in Egypt are turning a blind eye to the curfew and measures imposed by authorities and heading to work, as they are concerned about making ends meet.

CAIRO — With the rapid spread of the coronavirus in many countries around the world, and at a time when the Egyptian government urges citizens to stay at home, imposing several measures to fight the outbreak, many people still wander around in the streets without caring about the virus, preoccupied with more important matters.

These people are the most affected by the crisis, but they do not have the luxury of staying at home. They are irregular workers, a segment of society that amounts to 12 million to 14 million people, according to figures Al-Monitor obtained from Secretary-General of the Egyptian Trade Union Federation Mohamed Wahballah.

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