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Puzzled scientists seek reasons behind Africa's low fatality rates from pandemic

•, By Alexander Winning

The new coronavirus was already wreaking havoc in wealthy Asian and European nations, and a United Nations agency said in April that, even with social-distancing measures, the virus could kill 300,000 Africans this year.

In May the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that 190,000 people on the continent could die if containment measures failed. Yet as the world marks 1 million COVID-19 deaths, Africa is doing much better than expected, with a lower percentage of deaths than other continents.

The continent's case fatality count stands at 2.4%, with roughly 35,000 deaths among the more than 1.4 million people reported infected with COVID-19, according to Reuters data as at late Monday. In North America, it is 2.9% and in Europe 4.5%

Hard-hit countries such as Italy and Britain have recorded fatality counts of 11.6% and 9.0% respectively, compared to 1.6% for Ethiopia, 1.9% for Nigeria and 2.4% for South Africa, the continent's worst affected country.

Hospitals in many African countries say COVID-19 admission rates are falling.

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Comment by Ed Price
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Which scientists are puzzled? Watch the video here - - starting at 39 minutes. What you will see is that, while the US was sporting 431 deaths per million, 6 countries in Africa were sporting less than 1 death per million. The video shows the reason. Go to the video for the source of this info (Johns Hopkins). --- Africa has lots of malaria. The favorite drug to protect from malaria is hydroxychloroquine. HCQ has been safely used for malaria for decades all over Africa. It is 70% to 75% effective for malaria. But it is way more effective against Coronavirus. --- Stupid scientists.