Africa's Covid-19 cases remain lower than initially predicted

Africa's Covid-19 cases remain lower than initially predicted

- The African continent was expected to be ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic because of its underdevelopment

- However, this has not been the case as the continent has just just over 664 000 cases compared to the global total of nearly 14 million

- The continent also has some of the lowest case fatality rates

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The Covid-19 virus is killing fewer people than expected in Africa. Experts said factors such as a younger population and being behind the wave could be Africa's saving graces.

Dr John Nkengasong, the head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said on Thursday about 14 000 people had unfortunately died on the continent.

He added, however, that the continent has a case fatality rate of 2.2%. This is lower than global trends, particularly in the top 10 countries worst affected by Covid-19 virus.

Head of Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr John Nkengasong said around 14 000 people in Africa have died from Covid-19. Image: Getty images

Head of Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr John Nkengasong said around 14 000 people in Africa have died from Covid-19. Image: Getty images
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The observed case fatality rates for the United Kingdom is about 15% and Mexico is next at about 11.6%, and these are the highest in the world.

The Covid-19 has spread to more than 200 countries and territories and has caused more than 590 000 casualties worldwide. Africa has 664 051 cases and 14 399 deaths. Globally, there are 13.8 million confirmed cases.

The Africa CDC gave a press briefing on the weekly development of the Covid-19 virus on the African continent. During this briefing, Nkengasong provided an update on the member states' coordinated efforts to implement the African Union Joint Continental Strategy on Covid-19.

It was predicted that the African continent will suffer the most devastation from the virus because of the underdevelopment in many countries. However, this has not been the case.

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has released the latest Covid-19 statistics in SA's continued battle against the virus.

In a statement issued on Thursday evening, Mkhize confirmed another spike in infections. The minister announced that SA had recorded a high number of fatalities during the previous 24 hours.

The minister announced that South Africa has a cumulative total of 324 221 confirmed Covid-19 cases in, with 13 172 new cases identified. 216 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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