A video from inside a public hospital showing a number of COVID-19 patients dying from what appears to be a lack of oxygen went viral on social media last week, sparking a public outcry and shining a spotlight on Egypt’s health care system as it struggles to cope with a renewed surge of coronavirus cases.
Shot by Ahmed Mamdouh, a relative of one of the four who died, the dramatic footage shows patients dead in their beds in the intensive care unit of Hussainiya Central Hospital in Sharqiya. “Everyone in the ICU is dead,” Mamdouh can be heard repeating in the video, which also shows a nurse sitting in a corner hugging her knees, clearly overwhelmed. “There’s no oxygen,” he says.
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