CAIRO — 9 Egyptian artists have recovered from the novel coronavirus as of Nov. 15 after having contracted it throughout the El-Gouna Movie Pageant, held within the metropolis of el-Gouna on the Pink Beach from Oct. 23-31.
Social media customers accused the producers, brothers Naguib and Samih Sawiris and different enterprise folks, of risking a second wave of the virus for the sake of revenue and fame.
From Nov. 3 to Nov. 6, 10 attendees of the competition introduced that they examined optimistic: actors Nashwa Mustafa, Basma, Zainab Gharib, Ola Rushdie, Ahmed Daoud, Asir Yassin and Salma Abu Deif, designer Reem al-Adl, producer Mohammad al-Adl and rapper Ahmed Ali, aka Wegz.
Egyptian journalist Mohamed Mansour wrote on Fb Nov. 5 that the Sawiris household was chargeable for the outbreak of the coronavirus in el-Gouna and have to be held accountable. He mentioned that the wave will not solely have an effect on businessmen and artists who can afford remedy, however damage many different individuals who wouldn’t have the identical assets, such because the drivers and staff who had been involved with the artists throughout the competition and others contaminated by attendees.
In keeping with the Well being Ministry, on Oct. 22, someday forward of the competition, 178 new instances of the virus had been recorded, and by Nov. 8, 239 instances had been registered, the best in additional than three months and a 35% enhance throughout the nation.
Some Twitter customers echoed that opinion and known as for holding the Sawiris accountable with the Arabic hashtag for #CoronaFestival. They warned that the competition heralds the unfold of the virus throughout Egypt.
London-based Egyptian critic Amir al-Emari wrote privately on Fb Nov. 6 that hundreds of thousands of Egyptian kilos had been spent on the competition’s opening ceremony, however precautionary measures weren’t revered. He mentioned that competition director Intishal al-Tamimi and the actress referred to as Bushra, a co-founder, had been knowledgeable of the procedures that have to be adopted. In keeping with Emari, throughout the Venice Pageant, the place he was additionally current, the 2 had instructed him that they might inform the Pink Sea governor about these measures and coordinate on their implementation.
Emari puzzled if Tamimi and Bushra had didn’t persuade the Sawiris brothers of the need of implementing such measures and whether or not the state and the governor supplied any assist.
The el-Gouna Worldwide Movie Pageant was established in 2017 by the Sawiris brothers, who personal el-Gouna Vacationer Resort. Their purpose was to promote the resort, which has change into the most well-liked and probably the most costly in Egypt since overseas vacationers and rich Egyptians began to frequent it because the competition’s recognition grew.
A.H., a physician close to El-Gouna, instructed Al-Monitor that the numbers didn’t considerably enhance within the Pink Sea governorate after the competition, although he did say it was potential that folks contracted the virus with out reporting their diseases.
“When signs are delicate, many Egyptians choose to not go to the hospital, particularly contemplating that the house remedy protocol for delicate signs is understood and out there in pharmacies, so they aren’t formally counted,” he added.
The competition’s director instructed Al-Monitor that reviews in regards to the unfold of the virus on the competition and in el-Gouna have been “blown out of proportion.” Tamimi identified that the variety of instances quantities to lower than 1% of the overall variety of invitees, journalists and staff within the competition. He mentioned that the competition adhered to all precautionary measures, suggesting that a restricted variety of instances most certainly occurred throughout personal events or casual gatherings on the sidelines of the competition. Neither the competition nor the Sawiris brothers are guilty for such instances, he mentioned.
Out of greater than 1,500 invitees, 280 journalists and 135 staff on the competition, solely 10 artists, one employee and one journalist examined optimistic for the virus. Nevertheless, the general public anger went past the competition and its founders.
Costume designer Reem Al-Adl, an attendee who wound up contaminated, instructed Al-Monitor that the organizers weren’t careless. She mentioned, “The measures had been taken and supervised by the Ministry of Well being, whose spokesman attended the competition,” including, “Not all of the occasions or concert events that had been held in el-Gouna throughout the festivals days had been the accountability of the organizers of the competition, and people occasions may be the supply of an infection in the event that they weren’t adhering to the precautionary measures.
Khaled Megahed, a spokesman for the Egyptian Ministry of Well being who attended the closing ceremony, praised the organizers and employees for his or her adherence to precautionary measures in an Oct. 30 press assertion.
Many Twitter customers criticized Egyptian enterprise folks for mobilizing voters by bribing them. A lot of businessmen ran within the latest parliamentary elections, together with such notables as Muhammad Abu al-Enein, Sherif al-Jabali, Abeer Essam and Hala Abu al-Saad. Additionally they cited the August elections, which featured quite a few enterprise folks resembling Ahmed Abu Hashima, Ahmed Sabour and Hani al-Assal.
Saad Makki, undersecretary of the Well being Ministry, instructed Al-Monitor that the Egyptian legislative elections are being carried out below the supervision of medical groups from the Well being Ministry to make sure that all precautionary measures resembling masks, sanitation and social distancing are adopted.
He mentioned that no violations have been reported among the many voters or these supervising the elections, together with the police, navy forces and election judges. He pressured that no infections have been reported amongst any of them.
In the meantime, Tharwat Ali, a professor of political sociology at Mansoura College, instructed Al-Monitor that the legislative elections are unlikely to trigger a surge in instances. The low turnout, he mentioned, counsel that not many voters may have been paid to take part.
Ali mentioned that the general public anger is because of stereotypes that say enterprise folks don’t care about the lives of residents and solely consider earnings or energy. He defined that this picture is a remnant of the regime of former President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak, below whom associates typically used their positions to advance their private pursuits.
The Nationwide Elections Fee introduced Nov. 1 that the turnout within the first spherical of the parliamentary elections was solely 28%. Turnout within the Senate elections was even decrease at 14%, in response to a press release by the identical fee in August.