China's Guangzhou city says 111 Africans tested positive for coronavirus

A woman sits in front of a hospital waiting for the coronavirus results in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, on April 13, 2020.
A woman sits in front of a hospital waiting for the coronavirus results in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, on April 13, 2020.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

BEIJING (REUTERS) - A total of 111 Africans in China's southern city of Guangzhou had tested positive for the new coronavirus as of Monday (April 13), the Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday.

Among them, 19 were imported cases, Xinhua quoted Chen Zhiying, executive vice-mayor of Guangzhou, as saying.

A total of 4,553 African people in the city had undergone nucleic acid testing since April 4, Chen said.

China on Monday dismissed allegations by African and US diplomats that foreigners of African appearance in the city of Guangzhou were being subjected to forceful testing for the coronavirus, quarantines and ill treatment.