News & Analysis: Demographics

COVID-19: 10% of positive cases in Nigeria are children—Health Minister

“The Minister of State, Health, Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, says 10 per cent of positive Coronavirus cases are children and adolescents with more than half of them in the age bracket of 10-18 years.”

via Vanguard (Nigeria)

Human rights and vulnerable youth in the time of COVID-19: Challenges and lessons by the African Youth Front on Coronavirus

“The African Youth Front on Coronavirus has expounded that the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health and economic crisis, but also a human rights crisis. The Youth Envoy has curated the concept of intergenerational co-leadership, which is a much-needed strategy to stimulate solidarity among generations and bring more youths to decision-making and leadership positions.”

via Accord

Building Back a Better Africa: Intergenerational Co-leadership and the African Youth Front on Coronavirus

“Many countries are now starting to lift the lockdowns and relax the earlier stringent movement restrictions. The African Youth Front on Coronavirus believes that this is the best period to address the issues which were revealed as a result of the pandemic.”

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Interview with Aya Chebbi, African Union Youth Special Envoy

COVID-19 Africa Watch speaks to Aya Chebbi, African Union Special Envoy on Youth about the impacts of COVID-19 on youth across the continent.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

The role of youth in governance and leadership in a post-COVID-19 world

“COVID-19 has had a drastic impact on youth in South Africa and Africa as a whole, primarily because it has heightened the already prevalent social ills that face them.”

via Africa Portal

COVID-19 deaths shoot up as confidential government document reveals a likely longer booze and cigarettes ban

“While government recorded a total of 5,940 deaths to COVID-19 by 22 July, a Medical Research Council report has found that “In the period 6 May – 14 July 2020, there has been an excess of 17,090 deaths (of people over one-year-old) from natural causes.”

via Daily Maverick

‘The pandemic is gaining momentum’: Africa prepares for surge in infections

“After months in which Africa escaped the worst of the coronavirus pandemic as the global centre shifted from Asia to Europe and then to the Americas, the number of African infections — and deaths — has begun to increase sharply.”

via Financial Times

Experts tackle the mystery of Africa’s low death rate

“While many hospitals are crowded with patients, and while the country suffers the world’s fourth-highest number of new daily cases, the mortuaries and grave sites appear to be much slower to fill. It’s one of the enduring mysteries here: why do South Africa, and most other African countries, seem to have a relatively low death rate from the virus? And can this low rate be sustained?”

via The Globe and Mail

The pandemic’s spread across Africa is being tempered by a young population, for now

“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Africa has seen lower numbers of cases and death compared with other continents, on a ‘per million’ basis. But the numbers have been on a steady rise and in recent weeks.”

via Quartz Africa

Predicted COVID-19 Fatality Rates Based on Age, Sex, Comorbidities, and Health System Capacity

“Accounting for differences in the distribution of age, sex, and relevant comorbidities yields substantial differences in the predicted IFR across 21 world regions, ranging from 0.11% in Western Sub-Saharan Africa to 1.07% for High Income Asia Pacific.”

via Center for Global Development