‘Zimbabwe hospitals turning away Chinese nationals’
By Staff Reporter
CHINESE ambassador to Zimbabwe, Guo Shaochun has made sensational claims Zimbabwean hospitals were turning away his compatriots for fear of spreading the deadly coronavirus.
Covid-19, as the world pandemic is now referred to, has been given a Chinese face, after it first broke out in the Asian country’s Wuhan city in December last year before spreading to the rest of the world.
Shaochun told the media some Chinese nationals in Zimbabwe have been denied access to health care since the Covid-19 outbreak.
This, he said, was still happening even though their cases were not any related to the pandemic.
“Since March, Zimbabwe has seen a series of cases in which Chinese nationals, with medical conditions unrelated to Covid-19, were refused treatment by local hospitals. Some Chinese individuals were verbally and physically abused in the street,” he said in a statement.
Shaochun’s comments coincide with reports Africans in the Chinese city of Guangzhou were being evicted from their homes for allegedly being sources of fresh imported Covid-19 cases.
He described the claims as “sensationalised” and “isolated incidents of what is misunderstanding caused by insufficient communication”.
Meanwhile, China on Sunday reported 108 new cases, its highest number in weeks – almost all were imported.