Coronavirus in Afrika infographic
Grafik zeigt Fälle des COVID-19 Coronavirus in Afrika.


Coronavirus breitet sich in Afrika aus

By Jordi Bou

March 19, 2020 - Afrikas junge Bevölkerung – das Medianalter liegt bei 19,4 Jahren – könnte helfen, dass es weniger Todesfälle gibt, aber es wird schwierig, Ansteckung mit dem Coronavirus in den wenig sauberen Städten mit fragiler Gesundheitsvorsorge zu verhindern.

Africa has lagged behind the global curve for coronavirus infections and deaths, but in the past few days has seen a significant rise in cases.

Experts have repeatedly warned about the perils for the continent, given its weak health infrastructure, poverty, conflicts, poor sanitation and urban crowding.

Africa should “prepare for the worst”, the World Health Organization's director-general has said.

South Africa, the continent’s most industrialised economy, has the highest toll in sub-Saharan Africa and the second highest on the continent after Egypt, which has recorded 196 cases.

The country’s first coronavirus infection, confirmed on March 5, was detected in a man who had arrived from Italy — the new centre of a pandemic that has infected more than 200,000 people worldwide and killed more than 8,000.

PUBLISHED: 19/03/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: CDC
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