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Hostility instead of gratitude: Colombian doctor faces eviction from home as neighbours fear coronavirus

Hostility instead of gratitude: Colombian doctor faces eviction from home as neighbours fear coronavirus

Saad Ali Rana
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A doctor in the Colombian city of Cali said this week that he was forced from his apartment just eight days after he moved in because other residents of the building feared he would bring the new coronavirus into their homes, reports Reuters.

Cristhian Botache, 22, said he moved out of his family home at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in order to protect his older relatives, who are more at risk of falling seriously ill. However, his new neighbors protested against his arrival and demanded the building’s owner evict him.

For frontline medical staff battling the virus, such open aggression by their neighbors can be devastating.

“I lost control and started crying,” Botache said. “On the phone, my family members asked me to calm down… I didn’t hear what they were saying because I couldn’t even speak between sobs and tears.”

Reuters

The doctor has since moved into another apartment.

Coronavirus in Colombia

Colombia has reported more than 4,500 cases of COVID-19 and over 210 deaths. More than 300 medical workers have been infected, leading to the deaths of at least four, according to figures by Colombia’s National Health Institute. Other cases of hostility to medical workers include an anesthetist in Bogota who told Reuters he had been prohibited from using communal areas where he lived, and reports by local media of graffiti on the wall of one doctor’s apartment that threatened to kill his family if he didn’t vacate the property.

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