What Africa did that America failed to do to crush the coronavirus

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Africa has the lowest coronavirus death toll and number of infections in the world while the United States has the highest.

With more than 1.3 billion people, Africa has recorded 37,000 fatalities and over 1.5 million cases, while the United States, with less than 350 million people, has reported more than 210,000 COVID-19 deaths and 7.5 million infections.

But how did Africa do it?

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The director of the Africa CDC John Nkengasong highlighted some of the right steps Africa took early in the pandemic to beat the deadly disease.

Speaking with ABC News’ Linsey Davis on Monday evening, Nkengasong said Africa has successfully responded to the novel coronavirus with fewer fatalities and infections, at least for now, because of its early “cooperation, collaboration and coordination efforts” against the deadly virus that has killed more than a million people worldwide and infected over 35 million people globally.

Nkengasong, who is also the World Health Organization (WHO) envoy to Africa, and the winner of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 2020 Global Goalkeeper Award, said early preparation and the recognition that COVID-19 was a common threat to the entire continent were “extremely valuable.”

The Africa CDC boss said leadership at “many levels” could also explain Africa’s fewer deaths and infections, starting from the African Union.

The AU, he said, played a major role and brought African heads of state together to “work with the Africa CDC to coordinate” the continental strategy against COVID-19.

Africa has recorded more than 1.5 million infections and close to 37,000 deaths and more than 1.,2 million people who contracted the virus have so far recovered, according to the latest data by the Africa CDC released on Monday evening. For a continent with 1.3 billion people and 55 countries, Africa has the best coronavirus response in the world.

Nkengasong said many African countries took “bold measures” from the beginning of the pandemic with “very aggressive lockdowns” to combat the virus.

The Africa CDC director added that there was also the “uniformity in messaging” across the continent.

“The message was clear. We never wavered with the messaging. We started wearing mask before the WHO made it mandatory,” he said.

He said there was never a debate over whether Africans should wear masks or not to beat the virus. There was also, he added, the recognition that African nations needed to ramp up shortages of test kits.

In addition, Nkengasong said, there was also “the engagement of the community” to win the fight against the virus.


Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Based in Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America, Simon leads a brilliant team of reporters, freelance journalists, analysts, researchers and contributors from around the world to run TODAY NEWS AFRICA as editor-in-chief. Simon Ateba's journalistic experience spans over 10 years and covers many beats, including business and investment, information technology, politics, diplomacy, human rights, science reporting and much more. Write him: simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com


  1. It was all about divine intervention by the God of creation, not our righteousness, medical equipment, knowledge or Africa’s geographical location as people may postulate

  2. Africa was not much prepared for covid 19 than the advanced nations of Europe, America, and other advanced nations. Did Belinda Gates not prophesy dead bodies taking over the streets of Africa as a result of the Corona virus? When the prophesy failed, all sorts of theory was now been propounded as to the reason for Africa low infection and death rate. Putting into consideration the poor health infrastructure in Africa, the hardest hit continent in terms of infections and death should be Africa. But the reverse happened to be the case this time. I want all those coming up with the different reasons to forget them. The reason for Africa’s low infection is nothing other than our belief and trust in the Almighty God which the developed world has relegated to zero. Even the most wicked African native doctor still acknowledges God in all his evil deeds. This is absent in the advanced nations. They no longer give God His rightful place in all they do. Instead they believe it is by their power and knowledge that they are able to do the things they do forgetting that the knowledge came from someone higher than them. God in His word says He will not put to shame anyone who put their trust in Him. He also said trust Him with all our heart and lean not on our understanding. In all our ways to acknowledge Him and He shall make smooth or straight our paths. That is Africa’s secret and not the funny theories being thrown all over the place.


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