Two Egyptians nabbed for discrimination for accusing Chinese man of having coronavirus
Cape Town - Egyptian prosecutors on Thursday ordered four-days' detention for two citizens who discriminated against a Chinese man by accusing him of having Covid-19.
The incident took place on Tuesday, reported Al-Ahram daily newspaper's online portal, Ahram Online.
The publication said footage of the incident showed the driver of what appeared to be a cab hailing service holding a tissue over his mouth while he was driving a Chinese man, while another driver filming the incident shouted to the driver to “throw him out”.
Later in the video, the Chinese man is seen trying to hail a cab on a busy highway, while someone is heard saying “Corona” “Corona” “Call the ambulance”.
The video caused outrage on Egyptian social media sites, said Ahram Online.
The two men were arrested on Wednesday and face charges of committing an act that “discriminates between individuals on the basis of origin”, "spreading false news that disturbs public security and spreads terror among people”, as well as “disrupting traffic”, the public prosecutors office said via a statement.
African News Agency (ANA)