CROWD IN IVORY COAST DESTROYS CORONAVIRUS TESTING CENTRE IN RESIDENTIAL AREA


07/04/2020




Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- The coronavirus (Covid-19) testing center, which is intended to be built in the middle of the Yopougon region of The West African country of Ivory Coast, has sparked public backlash.

The coronavirus test center, which is wanted to be set up in an area in Abidjan, Ivory Coast's most crowded city, was reportedly destroyed by dozens among the slogans "We Don't Want”.

"They want to kill us. We don't want this centre here," said protester Joel Blehi as he sheltered by a pharmacy after a gas canister was fired in his direction.

According to a police officer who spoke to AFP, Yopougon residents said the reason they opposed the centre, which is still under construction, was to be very close to their home and to build their neighborhood in the middle of it.

Police said the hostility arose from a misunderstanding that patients with Covid-19 would be treated at the centre.

"There's been a lack of communication. It's more like a testing centre for residents," police spokesman Charlemagne Bleu said.

A health ministry official said they plan to use the destroyed place for testing, not for treatment.

According to official data, only 261 people in the West African country were found to have been infected with the virus, and 3 people died from the virus.


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