Egyptian economists and labor leaders warned against the repercussions of imposing a curfew, as part of a series of proactive and precautionary decisions, to confront the Coronavirus, on the working class, without making real plans to compensate them, or reduce their impact on them.
Speaking about the repercussions of the package of measures taken by the Egyptian government, on Tuesday, they pointed out that the ban on those working groups extends to the closure of restaurants,
Lack of compensation mechanisms
They said the decisions, despite their importance, did not take into account the preservation of jobs and livelihoods of the people, nor did they explain how they would compensate the millions affected by this closure, nor did they take into account the owners of millions of daily business in a country of 100 million people.
The Egyptian authorities announced, starting from Wednesday, a curfew from seven in the evening until six in the morning for a period of two weeks, and the closure of all commercial and craft shops, including shops selling goods and providing services and commercial centers “malls” during the days of the week except for Friday and Saturday, so the closure will be throughout the 24 hours.
And the ministers of manpower, tourism and antiquities held a meeting to prepare the necessary measures to face the deteriorating conditions of workers in the tourism sector in order to alleviate the burdens on this important sector, and to take into account its workers without announcing the development of mechanisms to support this sector at this stage.
Little support for the poor
Earlier, the Ministry of Manpower announced the disbursement of a grant of 500 pounds ($ 32) to the irregular workers registered with it (about 400,000 workers), who will receive the grant from among about 12 million informal workers.
The poverty rate among Egyptians is 32.5% in 2017-2018, which is the inability to provide the minimum basic needs for an individual or family, such as food, housing, clothing, education services, health, and transportation, according to the General Mobilization and Statistics Authority.