China imposes restrictions on research into origins of coronavirus
- The Chinese government has imposed restrictions on the publication of academic research on the origins of the novel coronavirus
- According to the government, all academic papers on Covid-19 will be subject to extra vetting before being submitted for publication
- With this, studies on the origin of the virus will receive extra scrutiny and must be approved by central government
Academic research on the origins of the novel coronavirus has been restricted. The restriction was imposed by the Chinese government according to a news report.
CNN reports that according to a central government directive, all academic papers on Covid-19 will be subject to extra vetting before being submitted for publication.
It reported that studies on the origin of the virus will receive extra scrutiny and must be approved by central government officials.
Meanwhile, a Chinese researcher who spoke on condition of anonymity said the move was a worrying development.
The researcher noted that the move would likely obstruct important scientific research.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a viral video online has shown Nigerians being chased around on Chinese roads amid coronavirus lockdown.
The Nigerian voice in the video said the Chinese government is treating them like second class citizens despite the fact that their citizens are in Africa with full freedom.
The Nigerian man said that the police officials chased them out of their hotel rooms into the rain.
In another shot in the same video file, some Nigerians were seen roaming in a pack as they complained of the inhumane way they were sent away to seek shelter even after they have observed a 15-day quarantine.
Legit.ng had also reported that the United States of America gave over $7 million (N2,569,000,000) health and humanitarian funding to Nigerian in the fight against coronavirus in the country.
The US Embassy in Nigeria said the money will go into areas like “risk communication, water and sanitation activities, infection prevention and coordination”.
The US also said that the money will be added to the $8.1 (N2,972,700,000,000) billion that America has given to the country over the past two decades.
Nigeria is among several countries that the US gave aid to. Some of the countries like Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya will get $1 million, $1.9 million, $2.77 million, $1 million respectively.
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