As the threat of a Covid-19 pandemic emerged earlier this year, many felt a sense of apprehension about what would happen when it reached Africa. Concerns over the combination of overstretched and underfunded health systems and the existing load of infectious and noninfectious diseases often led to it being talked about in apocalyptic terms.

However, it has not turned out quite that way. On September 29 the world passed the one-million reported deaths mark (the true figure will of course be higher). On the same day, the count for Africa was a cumulative total of 35,954...

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