COVID-19 brouhaha: Africans evicted from hotels in China over coronavirus fears

COVID-19 brouhaha: Africans evicted from hotels in China over coronavirus fears

- African residents and businessmen in Guangzhou have been reportedly kicked out from hotels and apartments over COVID-19 fears

- Those evicted say they are being discriminated against as they are being accused of having the virus

- These discriminations started after local health authorities rolled out a testing campaign for Covid-19 in China's southern city

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African residents and businessmen in China's southern city of Guangzhou have been reportedly kicked out from hotels and apartments over COVID-19 fears.

Those evicted, over hundreds of them, say they are being discriminated against as they are being accused of having the virus as health authorities rollout a testing campaign for COVID-19.

According to a news report by the BBC, the African residents claimed to have paid rents to their landlords but were chased out of the apartments and had to spend the night outside at the mercy of the weather.

COVID-19 brouhaha: Africans evicted from hotels in China over coronavirus fears

COVID-19 brouhaha: Africans evicted from hotels in China over coronavirus fears Source: BBC
Source: UGC

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Some residents in that particular area said they have been evicted from their apartments, while others had been put into forced quarantine without knowing the outcome of their tests.

Another businessman from Congo said he was asked to stay outside his house for 24 hours after the testing was done without knowing the reason behind it.

Guangzhou is home to one of China’s largest African communities and has become a hub for African traders buying and selling goods.

Since March, Guangzhou has required people arriving from abroad to be quarantined for 14 days.

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In other news, the minister of finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has called on China to assist African countries with debt reliefs.

According to him, the move would help ease the economic burden on African countries reeling from the impact of the outbreak.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that he estimated the cumulative effect of the coronavirus could severely affect Ghana’s economy.

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