The World Health Organization said on Friday that the number of cases of Covid-19 disease in Africa has reached an important stage, reaching more than 100,000 cases.
However, the pandemic seemed to be taking a different path there than the rest of the world.
“So far … the continent has managed to reduce the high numbers of deaths hitting other regions of the world,” said Machidiso Moiti, WHO regional director for Africa, in a statement.
Africa recorded only 3,100 confirmed deaths from the disease caused by the Coronavirus, while there were 4,900 deaths, when the European Region of the World Health Organization recorded 100,000 cases.
Early analysis shows that this may be related to demographics, as more than 60 percent of the population of Africa is under the age of twenty-five.
According to the organization, the acceleration of closure by African governments, with checks, monitoring and hygiene awareness campaigns, may have helped slow the spread of the virus.
However, Moiti warned that health care systems in Africa are fragile and may not be able to deal with sudden mutations in cases, adding that it is necessary to strengthen the tests.
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