In August 2020, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa had risen to a million and caused about 30,000 deaths, which is lower than in other world regions. African governments acted quickly and learned lessons from policies on other continents hit earlier by the pandemic. As early as March 2020, many authorities enacted containment measures — including lockdowns, school closures, e-schooling, travel restrictions — to control the outbreak, in combination with digital solutions and health, economic and social policies. According to data available in early September 2020, the number of detected cases per million people in Brazil, Chile and Peru was about twice as high as in South Africa. With a median age of 19 , the African population may be less prone to severe COVID-19 infections.
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