I’ve tried to stay abreast with the coronavirus and came across some news today that I had to share. The following information comes out of Africa Feeds.
The coronavirus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan but has now spread to Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. To combat this, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving $5 million to China and Africa. The money will go to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and they advised that “emergency funds and corresponding technical support to help frontline responders in China and Africa accelerate their efforts to contain the global spread of 2019-nCoV.” Although the Ivory Coast is testing a woman for a suspected case, so far no African country has confirmed a virus outbreak.
Dr. Mumbi Seraki stated that 5,000 Africans are currently living in Wuhan and African governments don’t plan on evacuating them. As for a reason why, Kenyan Ambassador to China, Sara Serem, stated the following:
“I prefer the Chinese government to handle the coronavirus since they are in a better position to deal with it. I don’t think Kenya is ready to deal with the virus. By bringing Kenyans back, it will only expose the rest to the danger of infection.”
The Kenyan embassy is in China and Dr. Seraki also stated that Kenya owes them a great deal of money, which may be a factor as to why they can’t afford to fly their citizens back home. Either way, Africa’s codependency is a problem.
Until Next Time…