Planned Egypt ‘coronavirus tax’ sparks online criticism

Dawn | May 23, 2020 at 5:47 AM
  • Egypt’s cabinet has preliminarily approved a bill that taxes one percent of citizens’ salaries to cushion the impact of coronavirus on strained government finances, sparking online criticism.
  • An estimated 60,000 detainees in Egypt are political prisoners.
  • The Egyptian government has arrested at least 10 journalists since the coronavirus was detected in the country, a local human rights group said, accusing authorities of seizing on the pandemic to accelerate a long-running campaign against dissent.