Lessons for Africa from India's Deadly COVID Surge   [open html - 0B]

From the Webpage: "India's COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] surge is a warning for Africa. Like India, Africa mostly avoided the worst of the pandemic last year. Many Sub-Saharan African countries share similar sociodemographic features as India: a youthful population, large rural populations that spend a significant portion of the day outdoors, large extended family structures, few old age homes, densely populated urban areas, and weak tertiary care health systems. As in India, many African countries have been loosening social distancing and other preventative measures. A recent survey by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) reveals that 56 percent of African states were 'actively loosening controls and removing the mandatory wearing of face-masks.' Moreover, parts of Africa have direct, longstanding ties to India, providing clear pathways for the new Indian variant to spread between the continents. So, what has been driving India's COVID-19 surge and what lessons might this hold for Africa?"

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