Growing fears of COVID-19 associated stigma and discrimination in Africa

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread rapidly across the continent, social stigma and discriminatory behaviours against persons perceived to have been in contact with the virus is also on an alarming rise. I recently watched a comic viral video showing people running out of a public bus for dear life as if a bomb had gone off. However, it was not a physical explosion but a loud sneeze from one of the passengers that had sent alarm bells…

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Coronavirus: Are African countries ready?

Africa is one of only two continents with no confirmed cases of coronavirus however experts have warned that it may not be long before the first case is confirmed, given its increasingly close ties to China. At least 565 people have died with more than 28,000 confirmed cases around the world, most of them in China. Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency – largely because of fears that poorer countries…

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