African scientists, social media users express dismay over BBC's Covid-19 article

A student at the Winnie Mandela Secondary School has her temperature measured as she enters the school premises in Tembisa township, South Africa on June 8, 2020.

Photo credit: Michele Spatari | Afp

What you need to know:

  • The piece elicited backlash from social media users for the better part of Thursday.
  • This is not the first time that scientists or journalists have expressed astonishment at Africa's low infection rates.

Africans on social media, including scientists, have expressed their disappointment over an article published by BBC Africa that explores possible theories, including poverty as a defence against coronavirus, in a bid to explain why so few Covid-19 deaths have been recorded on the continent in comparison to the rest of the world.


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