Covid-19 is ravaging the world. However life seems to be nearly regular in a lot of Africa.
By Max Bearak and Danielle Paquette
NAIROBI — The highest headline final week on a well-liked Kenyan information web site may barely comprise its sarcasm: “America, with 270K deaths, 13M infections, warns residents to not journey to Kenya over excessive threat of COVID-19.”
To many right here, American fears of catching the coronavirus in Africa appear significantly ludicrous. Nearly each one of many continent’s 54 nations, whereas house to a number of the least developed health-care methods on the planet, has registered fewer deaths from the virus previously 9 months than america now suffers per day.
Whereas testing has been comparatively restricted, the continent seems to have bucked the doomsday predictions of world well being specialists. The telltale indicators of extreme outbreaks seen elsewhere — crowded hospitals and spikes in deaths — have emerged in solely a handful of African nations. Surveys by the World Well being Group have discovered negligible extra mortality charges in most African nations, lowering suspicion that many deaths from covid-19, the illness brought on by the coronavirus, are going uncounted.
Paquette reported from Dakar, Senegal.