Egyptian authorities forced a Guardian journalist to leave the country after she reported research claiming real coronavirus figures could be higher than official numbers, the U.K. newspaper reported Thursday.

Security services told Ruth Michaelson to leave immediately after her accreditation was canceled and she was accused of misreporting a study and causing public panic.

The story Michaelson reported March 15 was based on a scientific study by a group of infectious disease experts from the University of Toronto, as well as public health data and news stories.

It forecasted Egypt could have had more than 19,000 COVID-19 cases by

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