Just like the coronavirus disease was slow to reach the African continent, why there are such low Covid19 related deaths in Africa is really bothering Westerners.
They say for a Continent with more than1 billion people and less than 800 deaths it is baffling to them. They don’t have pictures of dying Africans to show non-stop on their demented news channels.
When Africa’s first case of coronavirus was detected in Egypt in February, the rest of the continent was prepared for the brunt of a pandemic that has engulfed Europe and spread to the United States, infecting more than 1.6 million worldwide.
Health experts warned that Africa would be the worst hit, the devastation the deadly virus could cause in these third world countries where most hospitals are desperately short of equipment and trained staff would be unfathomable.
Coronavirus has since spread to 52 African countries and despite a steady rise in the number of confirmed cases, the continent continues to lag behind the global curve for infections and deaths.
Experts are still waiting for the rise in deaths, issuing warnings daily that the tide is rising.
“During the last four days we can see that the numbers have already doubled,” said Michel Yao, the World Health Organization (WHO) Africa’s emergency response program manager.
“If the trend continues… some countries may face a huge peak very soon,” Yao told AFP.
Africa’s low COVID-19 numbers have sparked talk from westerners that the continent may not have the capacity to test its population, hence the numbers reported may not be an accurate representation.