In Africa, stigma surrounding coronavirus hinders response

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In Africa, stigma surrounding coronavirus hinders response

FILE - In this April 30, 2020, file photo, mourners gather to bury an elderly man believed to have died of the coronavirus but whose family asked not to be named because of the social stigma, in Mogadishu, Somalia. A dangerous stigma has sprung up around the coronavirus in Africa — fueled, in part, by severe quarantine rules in some countries as well as insufficient information about the virus. (AP Photo/File)
This cartoon published on April 9, 2020, by cartoonist Jimmy Spire Ssentongo shows a prisoner, bound and kneeling, begging for liberation after multiple negative coronavirus tests, while a health minister demands where the virus is hiding. The widely circulated cartoon illustrated how Ssentongo and others in Uganda felt after a quarantine stay so long that some people bribed their way out and others went on a hunger strike, Ssentongo told The Associated Press. (Jimmy Spire Ssentongo via AP)
FILE - In this April 18, 2020, file photo, a boy wearing a face mask carries a small bowl of "githeri", or mixed beans and maize, for him to eat as he walks past a mural warning people about the risks of the coronavirus, painted by graffiti artists from the Mathare Roots youth group, in the Mathare slum, of Nairobi, Kenya. A dangerous stigma has sprung up around the coronavirus in Africa — fueled, in part, by severe quarantine rules in some countries as well as insufficient information about the virus. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga, File)
FILE - In this May 1, 2020, file photo, a patient lies on his bed reading the Bible in a ward for those who have tested positive for the new coronavirus, at the infectious disease unit of Kenyatta National Hospital, located at Mbagathi Hospital, in Nairobi, Kenya. A dangerous stigma has sprung up around the coronavirus in Africa — fueled, in part, by severe quarantine rules in some countries as well as insufficient information about the virus. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, May 28, 2020 file photo, Samson Waithaka rides a bicycle with informational messages warning about the new coronavirus in the Mathare slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya. A dangerous stigma has sprung up around the coronavirus in Africa — fueled, in part, by severe quarantine rules in some countries as well as insufficient information about the virus. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, April 30, 2020, file photo, medical workers in protective suits, accompanied by mourners, bury the body of an elderly man believed to have died of the coronavirus but whose family asked not to be named because of the social stigma, in Mogadishu, Somalia. A dangerous stigma has sprung up around the coronavirus in Africa — fueled, in part, by severe quarantine rules in some countries as well as insufficient information about the virus. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this July 8, 2020, file photo, people walk past an informational mural warning people about the dangers of the new coronavirus and how to prevent transmission, with words in Swahili reading "We are the Cure", painted by youth artists from the Uweza Foundation, in the Kibera slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya. A dangerous stigma has sprung up around the coronavirus in Africa — fueled, in part, by severe quarantine rules in some countries as well as insufficient information about the virus. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga, File)
FILE - In this May 1, 2020, file photo, a patient looks out of the window in a ward for those who have tested positive for the new coronavirus, at the infectious disease unit of Kenyatta National Hospital, located at Mbagathi Hospital, in Nairobi, Kenya. A dangerous stigma has sprung up around the coronavirus in Africa — fueled, in part, by severe quarantine rules in some countries as well as insufficient information about the virus. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, April 29, 2020 file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 in Johannesburg, South Africa. A dangerous stigma has sprung up around the coronavirus in Africa — fueled, in part, by severe quarantine rules in some countries as well as insufficient information about the virus. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

In Africa, stigma surrounding coronavirus hinders response

FILE - In this April 30, 2020, file photo, mourners gather to bury an elderly man believed to have died of the coronavirus but whose family asked not to be named because of the social stigma, in Mogadishu, Somalia. A dangerous stigma has sprung up around the coronavirus in Africa — fueled, in part, by severe quarantine rules in some countries as well as insufficient information about the virus. (AP Photo/File)
This cartoon published on April 9, 2020, by cartoonist Jimmy Spire Ssentongo shows a prisoner, bound and kneeling, begging for liberation after multiple negative coronavirus tests, while a health minister demands where the virus is hiding. The widely circulated cartoon illustrated how Ssentongo and others in Uganda felt after a quarantine stay so long that some people bribed their way out and others went on a hunger strike, Ssentongo told The Associated Press. (Jimmy Spire Ssentongo via AP)
FILE - In this April 18, 2020, file photo, a boy wearing a face mask carries a small bowl of "githeri", or mixed beans and maize, for him to eat as he walks past a mural warning people about the risks of the coronavirus, painted by graffiti artists from the Mathare Roots youth group, in the Mathare slum, of Nairobi, Kenya. A dangerous stigma has sprung up around the coronavirus in Africa — fueled, in part, by severe quarantine rules in some countries as well as insufficient information about the virus. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga, File)
FILE - In this May 1, 2020, file photo, a patient lies on his bed reading the Bible in a ward for those who have tested positive for the new coronavirus, at the infectious disease unit of Kenyatta National Hospital, located at Mbagathi Hospital, in Nairobi, Kenya. A dangerous stigma has sprung up around the coronavirus in Africa — fueled, in part, by severe quarantine rules in some countries as well as insufficient information about the virus. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, May 28, 2020 file photo, Samson Waithaka rides a bicycle with informational messages warning about the new coronavirus in the Mathare slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya. A dangerous stigma has sprung up around the coronavirus in Africa — fueled, in part, by severe quarantine rules in some countries as well as insufficient information about the virus. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, April 30, 2020, file photo, medical workers in protective suits, accompanied by mourners, bury the body of an elderly man believed to have died of the coronavirus but whose family asked not to be named because of the social stigma, in Mogadishu, Somalia. A dangerous stigma has sprung up around the coronavirus in Africa — fueled, in part, by severe quarantine rules in some countries as well as insufficient information about the virus. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this July 8, 2020, file photo, people walk past an informational mural warning people about the dangers of the new coronavirus and how to prevent transmission, with words in Swahili reading "We are the Cure", painted by youth artists from the Uweza Foundation, in the Kibera slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya. A dangerous stigma has sprung up around the coronavirus in Africa — fueled, in part, by severe quarantine rules in some countries as well as insufficient information about the virus. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga, File)
FILE - In this May 1, 2020, file photo, a patient looks out of the window in a ward for those who have tested positive for the new coronavirus, at the infectious disease unit of Kenyatta National Hospital, located at Mbagathi Hospital, in Nairobi, Kenya. A dangerous stigma has sprung up around the coronavirus in Africa — fueled, in part, by severe quarantine rules in some countries as well as insufficient information about the virus. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, April 29, 2020 file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 in Johannesburg, South Africa. A dangerous stigma has sprung up around the coronavirus in Africa — fueled, in part, by severe quarantine rules in some countries as well as insufficient information about the virus. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)
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