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A donkey cart in Cairo
A donkey cart in Cairo
Yahia Shawkat

CAIRO — A third of Cairo's residents walk, cycle or use carts as their primary means of transportation, while in Egypt's provincial cities, such as Shibin al-Kom in Monufiya, more than half the population is motor-free.

The state, however, insists on fighting users of non-mechanized vehicles, especially donkey carts. Most governors have tried to ban them by imposing harsh penalty fees, far harsher than those imposed on other modes of transportation. The penalty is almost equal to the price of the cart itself, and sometimes the cart is destroyed and the donkeys or horses killed and fed to zoo animals.

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The Main COVID Risk Now: Long COVID

Death rates are down, masks are off, but many who have been infected by COVID have still not recovered. Long COVID continues to be hard to diagnose and treatments are still in the developmental stage.

Long COVID feels like a never-ending nightmare for those who suffer from it.

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PARIS — The medical examination took longer than expected in the Parc de Castelnau-le-Lez clinic, near the southern French city of Montpellier. Jocelyne had come to see a specialist for long COVID-19, and exits the appointment slowly with help from her son. The meeting lasted more than an hour, twice as long as planned.

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