Skip to main content

Egyptian state media accuses doctors of treason for speaking up on coronavirus crisis

Egyptian doctors are speaking out against health authorities over increasing coronavirus infections and deaths among medical staff across the country.
A medical staff member wearing face mask  to prevent the spread of the  coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walks in front of hospital in downtown Cairo, after Egypt's government made wearing masks mandatory in public places and public transport, in Cairo, Egypt May 31, 2020. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - RC2RZG9JH91S

Egyptian doctors have expressed anger in recent days, accusing the authorities of neglecting them and failing to protect and provide them with the protective equipment they need. In response, media outlets close to the government accused the doctors of treason, not sacrificing for the sake of the nation and even taking part in plans by hostile foreign countries or the Muslim Brotherhood.

Within one week, 12 Egyptian doctors died of the novel coronavirus. On May 26, four doctors died, followed by eight others in the same week, leading to mass resignations by doctors at al-Munira Hospital in Cairo.

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 for annual access.