Egypt says it has opened an investigation into the deaths of four COVID-19 patients in an intensive care unit allegedly due to lack of oxygen, which sparked a public outcry.
“The prosecutor’s office in Al-Husseiniya (in the northern Sharqiya province) summoned the director of Al-Husseiniya hospital to question him over the deaths of four people due to lack of oxygen,” a judicial source tells AFP, without specifying the dates of the deaths.
Since yesterday, numerous social media users have shared a video of patients in a hospital ward, with a voice heard saying “everyone is dead in intensive care.”
The prosecutor’s office confirms the video is of Al-Husseiniya hospital, which was also identified in comments on social media.
The 45-second video also shows hospital staff apparently trying to revive patients.
An eyewitness documents this shocking scenes from a quarantine hospital in Egypt. It shows all coronavirus patients in the intensive care unit died after the oxygen was cut off.
— Osama Gaweesh (@osgaweesh) January 3, 2021
Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country with around 100 million inhabitants, has reported more than 140,000 cases of the COVID-19 disease, including 7,800 deaths.
Authorities acknowledge, however, that the real number of cases is higher, as only positive tests from health ministry labs have been reported.
After a brief lull, the number of infections have risen dramatically in late 2020, from around 100 new cases confirmed per day in October, to some 1,400 daily cases currently.