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Virus leaves Africa between a lock and a hard reality of other diseases

Scientists acknowledge steps to contain virus, but say deaths from other diseases could exceed those saved

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More lives could be lost to diseases such as HIV during lockdowns in Africa compared with those saved by measures to prevent Covid-19 from spreading, scientists warn in this month’s issue of the South African Medical Journal (SAMJ). (http://www.samj.org.za/index.php/samj/article/view/13051/9451)

Deaths from non-Covid-19 diseases which were not managed optimally “in pre-pandemic times may mean that lives lost from other diseases could exceed those saved from Covid-19”, noted Dr Adetayo Obasa, from Stellenbosch University, the lead author of the nine on the report.

“However, this is not to suggest that these public health measures are unnecessary. The social, political, economic and psychological effects of allowing a pandemic to spread without implementing such public health measures are seemingly more devastating...

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