The world is battling with the deadly virus called coronavirus, but Africa cases have surpassed two million mark despite a low infections compared to other regions around the globe.
African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said, with 2,013,388 cases reported on Thursday, the continent represents less than 4 percent of the world’s total cases.
The African Union’s health body believe many coronavirus and related deaths in Africa are likely being missed as testing rates in the continent of about 1.3 billion people are among the lowest in the world, while many deaths of all types go unrecorded.
However, Africa has reported less than 48,000 coronavirus deaths so far. The country with the highest death rates is Sudan, Chad, and Egypt across the continent at 7.81 percent, 6.28 percent and 5.82 percent respectively.
South Africa has the continent’s highest number of reported COVID-19 cases at less than 750,000, with a death rate of 2.71 percent.
With the continent representing nearly 16.7 percent of the world’s population, about 15 coronavirus cases are reported for every 10,000 people.
Right now, Africa’s lower number of coronavirus cases and deaths compared with South America, Europe and United States can be attributed to several factors apart from a likely undercount.
Coronavirus hit Africa later than other continents, giving medical personnel time to set up field hospitals, source oxygen and ventilators, and learn from treatment improvements.
The experts says, risk of developing more coronavirus increases with age, means the continent’s youthful population is contributing to a lower overall death rate.
Is not only coronavirus African government have experience but other deadly diseases such as Ebola, which killed over 11,000 people in West Africa from 2013 to 2016.
Regional Head of the World Health Organization said, with the situation of the things now, the coronavirus pandemic is having an effect on other vital health services in Africa as countries are forced to redirect already stretched resources.