Opinions & Features March 19, 2020 at 02:30 pm

Coronavirus: Three ways African lives are being challenged

Nii Ntreh March 19, 2020 at 02:30 pm

March 19, 2020 at 02:30 pm | Opinions & Features

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Thousands of Africans die on the Mediterranean Sea trying to get to Europe. Photo Credit: Newsofafrica.org

The idea that things are better outside Africa

Africa is still the poorest continent. A good majority of its countries still lack the economic and political wherewithal to make lives better for its people.

But in this case of the coronavirus, Africa is looking like the safest place to be, statistically. Infection rates in Africa are way behind Europe’s, North America’s and Asia’s.

The most affected country in Africa, Morocco, still does not compare to Spain or Canada.

No one knows how long this pandemic will last but hopefully, in the shortest possible time. But if recent trends stay as they are, Africa will probably be the safest place to be in the coming months.

Ironically, this challenges a widely-held view on the continent that the grass is always greener on the other side. That view is surely under challenge as things stand.

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