The Black Death ... the story of how plague killed a third of Cairo's population 600 years ago

cairo Sun, Apr. 12, 2020
About 600 years ago, Egypt was struck by one of the harshest epidemics that it struck throughout history, and claimed many human lives. The scene, as mentioned by historians and researchers, is very sad and distressed. The number of deaths per day in Cairo alone at those times reached 200 deaths daily .
Now that we are in the twenty-first century, after about 6 decades after this dreaded epidemic, and with the outbreak of the "Corona virus emerging: Coved 19", some still negligence in dealing with the deadly virus and with the health measures imposed by the Egyptian government to prevent infection, disease, and is believed beliefs Strange maybe it may affect him or his loved ones.
The author Robert S. Gottfried mentioned in his book "Death of the Lions a natural and human pandemic in the world of the Middle Ages" that the plague, which was known as the Black Death, came through the Italian merchants, and perhaps it came to Alexandria in the end of the autumn of 1347 AD, a cold that kills in the first weeks by between a hundred To two hundred per day, and it was deadly when the cold intensified, and contemporary yearbooks tell of victims who were spitting blood, and this is an indication of the fatal pulmonary plague.
It soon became that the death rate rose to seven hundred and fifty per day, and as soon as the next spring came, it rose to one hundred thousand, but the writer confirmed that he did not unify a precise percentage, and they did not perish as a result of the plague.
The plague also struck other areas in the delta, where Damietta was hit hard, and soon the drought came with its groves and fruit trees, and the fishermen remained obligated to the port for several weeks without interruption, and the level of death in the villages of the delta was high, to the point that the Sharia courts were disrupted, and it was no longer possible to document the commandments In Bilbays, where the bodies began to accumulate in mosques and shops, and the disintegration of road traffic was interrupted, some of them piling up on their sides, and bandits reported them in ambushes.
The plague reached Cairo in 1348, and perhaps its environs contained about 500,000 residents, and during the remainder of that year the average death in it had reached at least three hundred per day, then the epidemic reached its peak in late spring and early fall, and the number approached His victims are from the seven thousand daily, and even one of the sources raises him to twenty thousand on certain days, and a state of chaos prevailed, as there was a lack of coffins, so the dead were carried on wooden planks, as he was circling the funerals on the roads of the city permanently, and continued Chaos in the fall, and there was no longer enough shrouds, so preachers and grave diggers were The resourceful little people bury these enormous numbers in large collective trenches, and, as in the delta, mosques and shops are covered with dead bodies, accompanied by a rise in prices and the spread of beggars on the city roads.
The number of people who died from the people of Cairo reached two hundred thousand, representing a third to five of its population, a huge number equivalent to the inhabitants of any other European city, except perhaps Constantinople and Venice.