For years, Salah* earned a relatively stable income working as a driver for the ride-hailing companies Uber and Careem. But after the coronavirus pandemic spread to Egypt, and the ensuing slowdown in daily transportation compounded by a government-imposed nighttime curfew, he now finds himself spending long hours driving around in vain looking for passengers only to return home to his wife and son empty-handed. “I have to leave this job,” he says.

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