Africa, a continent of 1.3 billion people, has seen fewer deaths from COVID-19 than the UK

- SKY NEWS - Mar 6, 2021 -


Africa, a continent of 1.3 billion people, has seen fewer deaths from COVID-19 than the UK, which has a population about a 20th of the size.


Inevitably for such a huge landmass, there are major variations, with South Africa in particular experiencing high rates of infection and death. But, in general, official rates have been perhaps surprisingly low.


In the early stages of the pandemic, some modellers suggested that because of the "inadequate healthcare systems and personnel" in a number of African countries, the impact could be "catastrophic".


Others said, even if restrictions were imposed, the number of people infected in many countries could be between two-fifths to a quarter of the population in the first 12 months.


That year is over, and so far the fraction of people testing positive across the continent is much smaller and far fewer have died than expected.



LEIA MAIS:

https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-in-africa-why-is-the-death-rate-so-low-12236347


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