Kovid-19 is destroying the world. But life is looking almost normal in most parts of Africa.
by Max Barak and Danielle Paquet
NAIROBI – On a popular Kenyan news website last week the top titles can barely contain their Taunt: “US, with 270K deaths, 13M infection, warns citizens not to travel to Kenya at high risk of COID-19.”
For many, the American apprehension of catching coronovirus in Africa seems particularly attractive. Nearly every one of the continent’s 54 countries, while home to some of the world’s least developed health care systems, has recorded fewer deaths from the virus in the last nine months than the United States now suffers per day.
While testing has been comparatively limited, global health experts have made predictions of the doomsday in the continent. Signs of outbreaks of outbreaks elsewhere – crowded hospitals and increased deaths – have been reported in only a handful of African countries. The survey by the World Health Organization has found negligible excess mortality in most African countries, reducing the suspicion that Kovid-19 is causing numerous deaths from coronovirus disease.