“We don’t understand why Covid-19 cases are low in Africa” – Bill Gates wonders

Microsoft founder and former CEO, Bill Gates, has wondered why Coronavirus cases have not been as high as predicted in Africa.

According to billionaire businessman, the world still does not have enough data to understand why COVID-19 numbers have not been high in Africa.

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Gates who is a co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and who invests heavily in healthcare in Africa said he is, however, happy to have been wrong about his COVID-19 predictions in Africa.

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Recall that Bill Gates had warned during the beginning of the viral Coronavirus that Africa could be the worse hit by deadly disease, stating at a conference that the virus would overwhelm health systems in Africa. But this has not been the case and the world does not understand why.

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In his words,

“We don’t have enough data yet to understand why the numbers aren’t as high as I worried they would get. It helped that some countries locked down early. In Africa, another reason may be that the population is young compared with the rest of the world’s, and young people are less susceptible to the virus.

“Why does it rank so low in Africa? It’s not just the relatively low incidence of COVID-19 there. It’s also because shifting health workers to focus on the coronavirus disrupted efforts to detect and treat HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and other diseases. As a result, COVID-19 stayed low on the list of health threats, but other problems came roaring back”.

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