A video of Kenyans harassing Chinese nationals on fear they could be having coronavirus is the latest indicator of the magnitude of the global health crisis and ensuing stigma.
In the undated video, a boda boda rider in reflector jacket is seen shouting and scolding two Chinese nationals, a man and a lady claiming that they have the coronavirus.
The Chinese nationals who looked agitated tried to fight back saying they do not have the coronavirus.
” You have corona?” The man asks, to which the Chinese answer emphatically ” No, we don’t have corona.”
At one time, the boda boda operator is restrained by colleagues as they nearly come to arms with the Chinese man.
Chinese Embassy chief of Information Huang Xueqing said many Chinese citizens have expressed their worries and fears about social media racism and stigmatisation.
“They are affected by many social media posts, comments and opinions involving racism, violence, stigmatisation and discrimination,” said Xueqing.
She further called for more objective information and reports could be presented to help the public get reasonable views on this issue.
The Virus has not yet been confirmed in the country as the latest suspected case involving a German couple in Mombasa whose samples were taken to Nairobi for screening.
The COVID-19 continues to claim more lives as it has infected more than 90,000 people globally and caused over 3,000 deaths.
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