- Anele Mdoda joined the online discussion about a mutated version of Covid-19 being labelled as a "South African strain"
- The radio host added her voice to the outcry over an article in The Japan Times which associated the strain with being from SA
- Anele said she saw the game of attempting to pin blame on specific countries and tweeps agreed it was a futile attempt at accountability
Anele Mdoda has added her voice to the online outcry over a mutated version of the Covid-19 virus being labelled the "South African strain".
The initial outrage was sparked after The Japan Times published an article that reported on how Japan had confirmed its first case of the strain that had also been found in multiple patients in South Africa.
The issue came in because the publication had labelled the mutated virus as the "South African coronavirus strain"
Many South African tweeps caught wind of the article that mentioned the strain as being South African and flooded the mentions of The Japan Times. The commenters expressed how unhelpful and unnecessary it was to try and blame a country for a viral mutation.
Health minister Zweli Mkhize had confirmed the strain earlier this month and explained how it has driven the South Africa's second wave of infections. There have also been reports of another mutation having been discovered in the United Kingdom.
Anele weighed in said that she recognised the game of attempting to lay blame and wrote:
"I see this tennis y'all are playing !!!"
In other celebrity-related news, Briefly.co.za previously reported on Selena Gomez criticising Facebook for allowing disinformation about the pandemic to be published on their site.
Selena Gomez has called out Facebook for allowing the publishing of disinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic on their platform.
The singer-actor posted that Facebook needed to be responsible and remove misleading and untrue information about the pandemic and the Covid-19 vaccine before they cost thousands of people their lives.
Gomez was vocal about the fact that the social media platform stated that disinformation was not allowed on their site but that there were still lies and untruths being spread.
Gomez accompanied her tweet with a clip from the BBC. The clip was of CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, Imran Ahmed, explaining how social media companies only pay lip-service to countering disinformation instead of actively combatting it.
Online users flooded the comments, with most in support of the take that social media platforms need to be held accountable especially when there are lives at risk.
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