FG Chinese envoy meet over Nigerians positive case in China (Read Details)


Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday held a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Zhou Pingjian, in Abuja over 72 Nigerians who tested positive for COVID-19 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China.

The parley, it was gathered, discussed the development and other issues relating to the maltreatment of Nigerian nationals in the Asian country.

The MFA spokesman, Mr Ferdinand Nwonye, confirmed the development to our correspondent in Abuja, noting that the Chinese ambassador confirmed that 56 Nigerians had just tested positive for the virus.

The PUNCH had in an exclusive report on Wednesday, revealed that 72 Nigerians and 111 Africans tested positive for the coronavirus disease in Guangzhou city.

Nwonye confirmed receiving a diplomatic correspondence from the Nigerian Consulate in Guangzhou, adding that the acting Consul-General, Mr Razaq Lawal, could not provide details as he was in quarantine.

However, he said; This afternoon (Thursday), we had a meeting with the Chinese ambassador where he regretted the attitude of some Nigerians, some of them refusing to even undergo treatment.

“They are treating those who wanted to be treated, some of them that are being treated are recovering. I asked the ambassador whether the coronavirus cases were imported or they were people already resident in China. He confirmed that the first two cases among Nigerians were imported. It may not be that they got it in Nigeria, may be, while they were in transit. The note I got said 56 Nigerians tested positive with about two or more contacts.

“On our own side, we are seriously engaging with the Chinese authorities, but unfortunately, our acting Consul-General in Guangzhou is in quarantine, he has a few days to finish before he can come out to maybe, personally engage with them (Chinese officials). They are only communicating electronically,” Nwonye disclosed.

The spokesman admonished Nigerians to obey every regulation put in place by the Chinese government to contain the pandemic, noting that each country had its own ways of fighting the disease.

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