Alioune Thiam, the actor who plays Doctor Diouf, is seen during filming of the TV show in Dakar [AFP]

Senegal’s latest TV drama star is a fictional doctor who provides coronavirus advice – a far cry from characters in the West African country’s usual fare of infidelity-themed soap operas.

Since late April, a short television show in the Wolof language, dubbed The Virus, has aired on social media and on a private channel, focusing on day-to-day life during the pandemic.

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“We wanted to make five to eight-minute TV films to show what to do and what not to do to avoid the coronavirus,” said the programme’s director, Mohamed Moustapha Kante.

Wearing a face mask on his cluttered set in the capital city,

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