Young population and government reaction helped to contain pandemic in Angola
CEDESA, an international entity that investigates themes from Southern Africa, considers that the “success, so far” of combating covid-19 in Angola results from the country having a very young population and a quick reaction from the Government.
“The success – so far – of combating covid-19 in Angola results from a combination of at least two factors: the youth of the Angolan population, coupled with the rapid reaction of the government”, says that international entity dedicated to the study and research on political and economic issues in southern Africa, especially Angola, in an analysis to which Lusa had access.
This analysis, which was based on Worldometer numbers, which analyzes manually, validates and aggregates data from various sources and provides global live statistics from covid-19, covered, in addition to Angola, countries bordering the Angolan territory – Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Namibia.
According to the same analysis, “the Angolan situation seems, under the circumstances, quite positive, even when making a regional comparison”, because “covid-19 is not affecting the health of the population in an excessive way”.
However, he warns that among the several reasons that can explain this positive behavior in the country, one is of a natural order, that is, because the virus “has not yet arrived in Angola”, although there is “the danger of this happening in the future”, say the university professors from CEDESA.
Rapid government reaction
For now, one of the positive aspects pointed out “was the Government’s quick reaction to closing borders and declaring a state of emergency”.
“There is no doubt that the executive of João Lourenço [President of the Republic] was quick to act and take action at a time when the manifestations of covid-19 were almost non-existent in Angola. This capacity for immediate decision may have had beneficial effects on public health “, it refers in the document.
Also according to the analysis, “the climatic characteristics of Angola, namely the warm weather”, may also have helped to prevent a further spread of the virus. Although “there is still no consensus in the scientific community on the subject, some studies have emerged to demonstrate or indicate that hot weather and / or exposure to the sun limit the spread of the virus”, he indicates.
“Finally, we have to consider that the Angolan population is extremely young. In fact, about 66% of the population is under 25 years old. Knowing that, in the majority, the disease attacks the most senior groups, it is easy to see that Angola has a natural immunity to the virus, due to the youth of its population “, he concludes.
CEDESA currently has a protocol with the German International Security and Development Center, with which it is developing a survey on covid-19 globally.
According to its official page, CEDESA was born from an initiative of several academics and experts who met at the NRA (Angola Research Network).
Angola has 27 confirmed cases of covid-19, including 18 active cases, two deaths and seven recovered.
The number of covid-19 deaths in Africa has risen to 1,589 in the past few hours, with nearly 37,000 cases of the disease reported in 52 countries, according to the latest pandemic statistics on that continent.
According to the African Union’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), in the last 24 hours the death toll has risen from 1,521 to 1,589, while infections have increased from 34,915 to 36,847.
Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 227,000 deaths and infected almost 3.2 million people in 193 countries and territories.