A video has gone viral online, showing an Asian man desperately hailing for a ride on a highway after a driver dumped him on Cairo’s bypass on suspicion being infected with the coronavirus. in the same video, the cab driver is seen putting a paper tissue on his nose because the foreigner, a Chinese national, is sitting at the back.
A voice is heard in the video jokingly shouts: “The first coronavirus case in Egypt!” a similar voice then tells the driver: “May God support you, Hajji! Throw him out!”
The driver reportedly forced the foreigner out of the car soon after the often-busy highway near Cairo’s southern quarter of Maadi.
The incident, believed to have taken place happened earlier in the week, has sparked outrage among Egyptians after the video was uploaded. Some Egyptians visited the Chinese man in his hotel in Cairo and expressed an apology to him for the incident, widely condemned by media as an act of bullying and racism.
“These aren’t Egyptians’ ethics. Our apologies to you” said Egyptian movie star Ahmad Al Saqqa during a post. “No to bullying and racism. We are much better than this behavior,” Al Saqqa added.
The victim was found to be a Chinese engineer, who has recently arrived in Egypt to work for a construction company.
Egyptian police identified and arrested the suspected driver, who said he had not intended to offend the Chinese passenger and attributed his act to fears of the coronavirus. Prosecutors ordered the cab driver remanded pending further questioning.
Egypt has recorded a total number of 67 confirmed virus cases. Eight of them have recovered.