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Epidemics emerge along the fissures of our society, reflecting not only the biology of the infectious agent, but patterns of marginalization, exclusion and discrimination. The United States has many open wounds rooted in decades of racist policies and the criminalization of poverty. The coronavirus is likely to reveal deep failures and reinforce existing health inequities.
COVID-19 in Africa
Quartz Africa: The last fortnight has been a rude awakening for Sub-Saharan Africa as fears of the coronavirus’s inevitable arrival were realized. First in Nigeria, then Senegal, then South Africa, Cameroon, and Togo.
The numbers are still low as of press time, with Senegal’s four confirmed cases and South Africa’s two the only countries with multiple cases to date. That won’t last of course. The ease with which the virus spreads means there will likely be at least several more cases if not many, many more.
Contrary to early speculation, the close integration of China and Chinese people into Africa’s economies over the last few decades has not been the key vulnerability when it comes to an outbreak, even though it started in China’s Hubei province. Instead, most (so far) of the cases in Africa have come via older trading partners in Europe, including France and Italy.
North Africa, with closer ties to Europe by way of proximity, long-term migration, trade and tourism, has seen coronavirus case numbers jump in Algeria and Egypt in particular.
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