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Racially Charged Conspiracy Theories About Why COVID-19 is Rarer in Africa Circulate Widely on African Twitter

While COVID-19 is now rapidly spreading in Europe and the United States, Africa, as far as we know, has so far largely been spared. This has prompted a heated discussion online about why the continent has seen so few infections.

While it may seem like a relatively benign question, it turns out that it’s a very provocative issue, particularly on social media. African Twitter and Facebook users have reacted angrily to international media reports that suggest that weak detection due to gaps in public health systems on the continent is to blame.

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