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A health center under construction in the commercial capital of Côte d’Ivoire has been destroyed by protesters. The building, erected in the Yopugon district of Abidjan, was too close to people’s homes, residents said.

Videos on social networks show the demonstrators tearing the center apart with their bare hands.

They also smashed and destroyed building materials used to build what would have tested people suspected of coronavirus.

Some people even seemed to throw sticks into a truck.

The health ministry said the building was never designed to treat COVID-19 patients, only as a preliminary testing center.

Côte d’Ivoire, like many African countries, has relatively few confirmed cases of the virus.

Despite this, it imposed a lockdown in Abidjan in addition to a national curfew.

Health officials have urged people to wear masks to try to slow the spread of the virus.

The aggressive and hostile response to the screening center is similar to attitudes during the 2014 Ebola outbreaks in West and Central Africa.

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Dr. Tedros said the doctor was clearly a hangover from the “colonial mentality” and was visibly angry when he was questioned about the case during the WHO coronavirus briefing.

He added, “It was a terrible shame to hear in the 21st century, to hear scientists, that kind of remark.

“We condemn this in the strongest possible terms, and we assure you that it will not happen. “

There are 9,867 confirmed cases in Africa, with 482 deaths, and 947 others have recovered.

Although the virus has not yet hit Africa as it has in other parts of the world, experts have warned that the continent is facing a complete economic collapse.

More than half of the 54 African countries have imposed restrictions, curfews, travel restrictions and other measures to catch the virus in its infancy.

South Africa, the most developed country in the region, has proven to be extremely effective in tracking the virus, setting up roadside testing centers and mobile medical units.

However, other less developed countries with existing poor infrastructure are likely to be more vulnerable.

“We have gone through a lot on the continent,” said Ahunna Eziakonwa, United Nations official, at the PA, regional director of the development program for Africa.

She added, “Ebola, yes, African governments have taken a hit, but we have never seen anything like it before.

“The African labor market is driven by imports and exports and, with the foreclosure around the world, it basically means that the economy is frozen in place.

“And with that, of course, all the jobs are gone. “

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