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.

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