EDITORIAL | Africa’s Covid-19 fight is making a world of difference
Dubious responses notwithstanding, the continent’s low infection rate points to its capability and expertise
To misquote Pliny the Elder: “Out of Africa, always something unexpected.”
Africa’s Covid-19 profile offers tantalising hope for a different narrative for the continent usually in the headlines for famine or war or grand corruption.
There are plenty of reasons contributing to the comparatively low numbers of Covid-19 infections in Africa (about 2% of the world’s confirmed cases). Some of these are the pre-existing conditions, such as a relatively youthful population, low rates of international travel, and different spatial patterns of population distribution. Others speak to scientific and social expertise, regional co-operation, learning from the experience of others, and building on expertise developed during outbreaks of other killer diseases such as Ebola. And others speak to a lack of testing, or attempted cover-ups...