Coronavirus: age and climate considered to be the cause of low cases in Africa

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Younger, less dense populations and hot, humid climates are cited as the main reasons Africa has been spared an increase in coronavirus cases.

As Europe and the Americas struggle with a high number of cases, infections are on the decline in many African countries.

In addition to the social and environmental factors in favor of the continent, the World Health Organization hailed the “decisive” action of African nations.

However, some countries are still seeing an increase in cases.

According to the WHO, in the past four weeks in Africa, 77,147 cases have been recorded, compared to 131,647 in the previous four weeks.

“Africa has not witnessed an exponential spread of Covid-19 as many initially feared,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa.

“The downward trend that we have seen in Africa over the past two months is undoubtedly a positive development and a testament to the robust and decisive public health measures taken by governments in the region,” she said. .

In a statement, the WHO said that “a mixture of socio-ecological factors such as low density and mobility of the population, hot and humid climate, the lower age group, interacting to accentuate their individual effects” were most likely to be responsible for the decline.

The latest figures show that nearly 1.5 million people in Africa have been confirmed to contract coronavirus, with around 35,000 deaths.

The United States – the worst-affected country in the world – has recorded nearly seven million cases and more than 200,000 deaths.

Low levels of testing remain a concern in Africa, with a handful of countries responsible for the bulk of those performed.

WHO urges African countries to maintain public health measures and warns of complacency, with Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon countering the trend by seeing a slight increase in cases.

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