Snakes or animal genitals? Chinese BBQ pictures spark row in coronavirus-affected Egypt

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Neighbors at a New Cairo residential compound have reported that their Chinese neighbors were grilling snakes in their garden. (Social media)
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Neighbors at a New Cairo residential compound have reported that their Chinese neighbors were grilling snakes in their garden. (Social media)
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Updated 31 March 2020

Snakes or animal genitals? Chinese BBQ pictures spark row in coronavirus-affected Egypt

  • Panicking neighbors at a Cairo compound alleged that their Chinese neighbors were grilling snakes in their garden

CAIRO: A barbecue party hosted by a group of Chinese expatriates in Cairo has sent shockwaves across Egypt after pictures of the event appeared to show snakes were the main course. 

Panicking neighbors at a New Cairo residential compound reported that their Chinese neighbors were grilling snakes in their garden, prompting police to storm their place of residence.  

The concerned onlookers saw a large quantity of long slender bodies lying on tables under the sun.

They alleged that the Chinese expats were barbecuing snakes. 

Pictures that went viral on social media showed a massive amount of food being prepared for the grilling party at the villa of a Chinese woman, despite officials instructing people to social distance to limit the spread of coronavirus, even inside compounds.  

Egyptian prosecutors ordered five Chinese nationals be detained for 24 hours over the incident, according to Al-Ahram.

But it turned out that they were cooking meals of animals' genitals, not grilled snakes, a veterinary official has clarified in TV comments.

Sayed Obaid, director of Cairo’s Veterinary Medicine, said a team of specialists was formed to examine whether the seized food was harmful, as snakes are not normally eaten in Egypt.

The villa was disinfected in coordination with security authorities and police confiscated a number of the food from the woman’s home.

 


Coronavirus infections rise above 250,000 in Iran

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Coronavirus infections rise above 250,000 in Iran

  • Iran has suffered a new spike in the number of daily infections and deaths in recent weeks
  • Iranians who do not wear masks will be denied state services, Rouhani said

DUBAI: Iran’s total number of coronavirus cases has reached 250,458 and a record 221 people died of the disease over the past 24 hours, raising the overall death toll to 12,305, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.
Iran, the Middle East country hardest hit by the pandemic, has suffered a new spike in the number of daily infections and deaths in recent weeks as lockdown measures have been relaxed to help the economy revive.
President Hassan Rouhani launched new measures on Saturday to try to curb the renewed spread. He said Iranians who do not wear masks will be denied state services and workplaces that fail to comply with health protocols — including social distancing — will be shut for a week.
Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the highest authority in the Islamic Republic, have been shown wearing masks on state media websites in recent days.