US President Donald Trump has been criticized on the way his government has been handling the Corona pandemic.
It has been a key issue in the ongoing campaigns with political experts viewing this as one of the weaknesses that his rivals have thrived on to influence voters.
It is viewed that some African countries have handled this epidemic better than America.
Epidemiologists had expected weak health systems in Africa to crumble under the weight of Covid-19.
Eight months into the pandemic, Africa with a population of 1.3 billion, reported nearly 1.8 million Covid-19 infections, while the US, on its way to its third peak, has reported more than 9 million cases.
While some of this low reporting could be attributed to poor testing, Africa as a continent appears to have handled the pandemic more effectively than the USA.
Rwandan officials responded to their first coronavirus cases by tracing, isolating, and testing “contacts,” people whom confirmed or suspected carriers might have encountered before realizing they were, in fact, covid-19 patients.
Uganda and Ethiopia also responded to their first cases with aggressive contact tracing and isolation, and they’ve put considerable resources into checking their work.
Within a week of its first reported case, Kenya closed its schools, banned gatherings, and enforced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for incoming travelers.
South Africa implemented one of the toughest lockdowns in the world.
African governments, unlike their Western counterparts, aren’t relying on common sense. Judging from the numbers, and interpreting them with the scientific information that’s understood so far, Africa has made the better bet.
Although cases on the continent are increasing, many African countries are not seeing the exponential daily growth in confirmed cases, nor in mortality, that has been happening in the United States and Western Europe.
African countries, where the response has been better, faster, and smarter have managed to stay ahead of COVID-19 pandemic.