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Sunday, 10 May 2020

Egypt in the News on 10 May 2020

No single story is dominating the conversation on Egypt in the foreign press this morning. Here’s a selection of stories getting coverage:

  • Egypt’s covid-19 rumor mill is being featured in the Washington Post, with grapevine extracts such as that Egypt has discovered a cure for the virus or that the country’s “heroic intelligence service had neutralized the devious plot.”
  • Egyptologists and scientists are criticizing the transfer of four sandstone sphinxes to Tahrir Square from Karnak Temple, saying that the monuments are being exposed to intense air pollution and that their transfer compromises the historic integrity of the temple, according to the Guardian.
  • Gravediggers and their families are struggling because of reduced footfall at the City of the Dead, a neighborhood packed with tens of thousands of residents who rely on charity from visitors to make ends meet, Reuters reports.
  • The National recaps the threat of economic fallout covid-19 poses to Egypt, citing pressure on small businesses and the tourism industry.

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