Mohamed Ibrahim Bassyouni
2020 / 5 / 10
Irresponsible behavior and loose government controls have left Egypt on the verge of anarchy, as its health system nears collapse. The head of the Egyptian General Authority for Health Care and Assistant Minister of Health Ahmed El-Sobky announced on Tuesday that isolation hospitals in Egypt for people with COVID-19 have reached the maximum capacity.
This means that Egypt no longer has enough space in the designated hospitals available to isolate those infected with the rapidly spreading deadly virus. Unlike most European countries, and even Egypt s regional neighbors, Egypt has officially recorded “8,476” cases of COVID-19, with 503 deaths.
However, isolation hospitals in Egypt are operating at maximum capacity. However, Egypt continues to ease restrictions on "curve leveling" and to fight the spread of COVID-19. However, no enforcement action is taken against the thousands who violate the curfew that starts at 9 pm and lasts until 6 am, making it almost useless every night across Egypt. However, the collective testing of COVID-19 remains very-limit-ed. However, Egyptians regardless of their background generally ignore the social dimension.
While the official number of positive cases as of this writing is 8,476, it is very likely that this number is much higher. However, even if 8,476 is close to the real numbers, it raises an important question: How will Egypt deal with the hundreds and thousands of new infections that will arise in the days, weeks, and months to come if hospitals isolate them with a maximum capacity?
Indeed, the daily figure in Egypt has risen from about 150 cases per day, to more than 300. So far, everything except the curved settlement has happened in Egypt. However, the government is easing the restrictions rather than tightening them and implementation almost non-existent. However, busy people and the streets of Egypt do not listen, in the hours of the curfew: perhaps what the Egyptians need is greater transparency to make them realize that the real picture is much worse than they think.
Although many segments of the Egyptian population need to work in order to earn a livelihood, a clear line must be drawn between basic and unnecessary travel outside the home: going to work and practicing social spacing wherever possible differs greatly from grouping in large groups for dinner´-or-entertainment. The government should review whether its available support is sufficient to secure people s livelihoods.
Egypt on the edge of the abyss If immediate action is not taken to begin tightening and imposing restrictions, the health system in Egypt may face a total collapse. If the Egyptians do not begin to practice social spacing seriously, especially when they have the ability to do so, then the virus will continue to spread and Egypt will retreat compared to New York City and Italy.
Doing nothing, acting´-or-thinking that Egyptians can only "live" with the virus will lead Egypt to a dangerous path - one that will have far worse repercussions than the country has experienced in its recent history.