Staff Reporter – The Zimbabwe Daily

Pretoria, South Africa – Prof. Salim Abdool Karim, chairperson of the Covid-19 ministerial advisory committee has attributed South Africa’s low COVID-19 mortality rate to the youthful nature of much of the country’s population.

More than a third of the country’s populace are youths, which has relatively contributed in the low COVID-19 mortality rate as youths are not that susceptible to COVID-19.

Although the country ranks fifth in the world in terms of COVID-19 cases with close to 450 000 recorded, the COVID-19 mortality rate is far much lower at just under 7 000 with a recovery rate of close to 60 percent.

“The reason why we have a low COVID-19 mortality rate is because of our youthful population, also prior to the lockdown, we made sure we had enough beds and ventilators,” said Prof. Karim.

South Africa is expected to reach its COVID-19 peak beginning next month until the end of September.