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Reporting on Covid-19: A daily challenge for Egyptian journalists


In a number of countries across the Middle East, reporting on the coronavirus has become increasingly challenging. Among them is Egypt, where the infection rate continues to climb among the 100 million-strong population. The country has also come under fire for stepping up late and not imposing strict enough measures to tackle the spread of the virus. For more on the situation, we speak to Egyptian journalist and author Khaled Diab.


Meanwhile in Lebanon, Hezbollah is trying to battle the spread of Covid-19. But opponents accuse the Shiite group of taking advantage of the crisis. Our correspondent Leila Molana-Allen reports.

And we look at the search for a place to bury Iraq's Covid-19 victims. Many people are concerned that the bodies will bring the virus to their local area, a reaction which has caused anguish for already grieving families. Derek Thomson from our Observers team takes a closer look.

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