Coronavirus deaths across Africa far less than in US and Europe
The number of confirmed deaths in Africa from the coronavirus pandemic stood at 51,708 on Monday, while the U.S. and Europe have suffered a much higher death-toll.
Data from the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention also shows that the continent has reported 2,163,284 infections.
As countries worldwide grapple with another wave of coronavirus, Africa appears to be managing well above all others. The U.S. meanwhile has suffered the highest death-toll from COVID-19.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday reported 13,295,605 confirmed infections of the coronavirus, an increase of 152,608 from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 885 to 266,051.
In Europe, coronavirus deaths topped 400,000 Saturday, the world’s second worst-hit region, as parts of the continent began to reopen shops for the holiday season.
The claim runs counter to what had been expected early in the pandemic with experts forecasting African health care systems "overwhelmed when coronavirus cases escalate" and deaths exceeding 300,000 to nearly 3 million in a worst-case scenario.
According to a study published earlier this month looking at coronavirus deaths across 16 countries, those aged 65 years and older had a "strikingly higher COVID-19 mortality compared to younger individuals," with men more likely to die than women.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also shows the prospect of dying from the virus increases threefold after age 49.
Compared to the 2019 U.S. populationin which the median age was around 38 years and those 60 years and older made up 23% of the population, the median age on the continent of Africa was around 18 in 2018 and those 60 and older comprise only 5.6% of the population in 2020.