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Africa’s young population could be the key to it’s low death rate

There are now more than 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa, with a case in every country on the continent, the World Health Organization has confirmed. 

But cases and mortality rates have not risen at the same speed as they have in other regions of the world, with just 3,100 confirmed deaths on the continent.

When confirmed cases reached 100,000 in Europe, deaths stood at 4,900, the WHO said.

One explanation for this could be the average age of people in Africa – 60 per cent of people are under the age of 25. 

In Europe nearly 95 per cent of deaths occurred in over 60s.

 “For now Covid-19 has made a soft landfall in Africa, and the continent has been spared the high numbers of deaths which have devastated other regions of the world,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

“It is possible our youth dividend is paying off and leading to fewer deaths. But we must not be lulled into complacency as our health systems are fragile and are less able to cope with a sudden increase in cases.”