An official diplomatic document has revealed that China wrote to the Nigerian government claiming that 72 Nigerians tested positive to the coronavirus in Guangzhou.
According to the document, they were 16 confirmed coronavirus cases, while 56 others have tested positive and 65 others of close contact among the Nigerian community in Guangzhou as at April 21st.
This is coming after the Nigerian Government reacted to videos, pictures and complaints of Chinese nationals carrying out xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans.
The Nigerian Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama warned that Nigeria would no longer tolerate maltreatment of its citizens as well as other Africans in China.
Excerpts from China’s letter to the Nigerian mission read;
“The Foreign Affairs Office of Guangzhou Municipal People’s Government presents its compliments to the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Guangzhou and has the honour to summarise the current situation of Nigeria citizens in Guangzhou concerning the COVID-19 pandemic:
“According to the data reported on 21st April, 2020 by the Guangzhou Municipal Health Commission, among Nigerian citizens in Guangzhou, there are 16 confirmed cases, 56 cases have been tested positive and 65 cases of close contact.”
“We hereby kindly request the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Guangzhou to urge Nigerian citizens in China to comply with the Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Prevention and Treatment of Infections Diseases, Law of Frontier Health and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China, Public Health Emergency Regulations, etc.,support and cooperate with the Guangzhou Municipal People’s Government for any work related to the prevention and control of COVID-19.
“Also, remind them to carry out self-protection, reduce outdoor activities, avoid going to crowded areas; do not organise or participate in mass gathering.