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The China-Mediterranean Observer: COVID-19 Rattles an Already Volatile Region

A paramedic of SAMU Tunisia (Urgent Medical Aid Service), dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) as a measure of protection against the COVID-19 coronavirus disease, heads out to treat a COVID-19 patient in the capital Tunis on April 6, 2020. FETHI BELAID / AFP

As cases of COVID-19 have increased, the pandemic has accordingly become the main topic of discussion in the media of the wider Mediterranean region as many are worried about the health and economic damages that it will cause. Indeed, regardless of the geographical position, there has emerged a region-wide consensus that the pandemic broke out in a moment of extreme social and economic fragility. It is against this background that China is, for some, a savior and, for others, a cynical power.

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