The Foreign Affairs Office of Guangzhou Municipal People’s Government has revealed that 72 Nigerians awaiting evacuation have tested positive for the coronavirus.
This was announced in a note verbale (diplomatic correspondence) to the Nigerian Consulate in Guangzhou dated April 22, 2020.
The statement also said tests conducted on 56 Nigerians indicated that the affected individuals were asymptomatic, raising concern that they might have infected other people.
Sixteen Nigerians had earlier tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number to 72.
The Chinese authorities have now begun contact tracing for 65 persons who had contact with the positive cases.
“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.
“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 first following complaints of racism and stigmatisation against them by Chinese officials in Guangzhou.