BOGOTA (Reuters) – 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.
It is the latest example of hostility to medical workers in Latin America, who have faced discrimination and even attacks amidst concerns they could be spreading the virus.
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.
“The owner told me that people were really scared, that they said they would leave if I didn’t,” Botache told Reuters in a video interview. The…