Authorities in China have disclosed that 72 Nigerian nationals waiting to be evacuated in the Guangzhou city of China have tested positive for the coronavirus disease.
This is as tests conducted on the Nigerians indicated that they have contracted the virus with a preponderance of the affected individuals said to asymptomatic, raising concern that they might have infected other people.
The Chinese authorities explained that 65 persons who had contact with the positive cases were being traced.
“According to the data by the Guangzhou Municipal Health Commission on April 21, there are currently 16 confirmed cases and 56 positive test cases among Nigerian citizens in Guangzhou, as well as 65 cases of contact,” Chinese authorities said in a correspondence to the Nigerian Embassy in China.
“We invite the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Guangzhou to supervise Nigerian citizens in Guangzhou so they can abide by the law of the People’s Republic of China on the prevention and control of infectious diseases.”
“Asian citizens understand Guangzhou’s epidemic prevention and control; work and cooperate with China’s political support.”
The Federal Government had announced plans to evacuate Nigerians in China after complaints of racism and stigmatisation against them by Chinese officials in Guangzhou went viral.