111 Africans test positive for COVID-19 in Chinese City
111 Africans in China’s southern city of Guangzhou had tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of Monday, the Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday.
Among the 111 cases, 19 were imported cases.
According to Chen Zhiying, executive vice mayor of Guangzhou, a total of 4,553 African people in the city have undergone nucleic acid testing since April 4th.
China on Monday dismissed allegations by African and U.S. diplomats that foreigners of African descent in the city of Guangzhou were being subjected to forceful testing for the coronavirus, quarantines, and ill-treatment.
Last week, African students and expatriates in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou were subject to forced coronavirus testing and arbitrary 14-day self-quarantine, regardless of recent travel history, amid heightened fears of imported infections.
Large numbers of African nationals were also left homeless, after being evicted by landlords and rejected by hotels in the city.
The incident caused a huge uproar following a series of videos showing Africans being harassed by police, sleeping on the streets or being locked into their homes under quarantine circulated online.