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First black person to reportedly die of coronavirus is Nigerian



The first coronavirus case occurred in Wuhan, China and was reported in December 2019.

Following the alarming rise in the number of cases that have been reported since then, WHO on March 11, declared the outbreak a pandemic.

Amid several reports of politicians, actors, basketball players, footballers and other celebrities contracting the virus, one constant which has been an issue of concern is the immunity of black-skinned people to the disease.

There have been speculations that the genetic makeup of black people makes them immune to dying as a result of the coronavirus however, according to AFP’s fact checking platform; this is a myth.

To further prove the myth in such claims, a Twitter user of Nigerian descent has revealed that her cousin after contracting the virus, died today, March 13, 2020.

The user identified as Ayishat Akanbi who is based in London, said that her cousin – a doctor in her early 30s passed away this morning as a result of the virus.

Ayishat wrote: “My cousin who is a doctor and in her early 30s died of Coronavirus this morning for anyone irresponsible enough to think black people are immune.”

Prior to the above-mentioned case, checks carried out reveal that there have been no other reports of black persons dying as a result of the virus, making hers the first.

As at March 3, 2020, over 139,000 cases have been confirmed in more than 130 countries.



  1. Sharon

    March 13, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    My opinion is that we need someone to contact thins in Nigeria and die here in Nigeria so we can confirm it. There’s nothing you guys can say to let us believe Ur lies to defend the money U keep stealing. Anybody can crest a studio account. We are wiser than all this Ur lies.

    • Sanga

      March 14, 2020 at 4:46 am

      My opinion exactly.

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