Younger population, early lockdown and general immunity help SA countries keep low Covid-19 mortality rate, says study

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Younger population, early lockdown and general immunity help SA countries keep low Covid-19 mortality rate, says study   Source:Island Factors such as a younger population, early lockdown and some level of general immunity may have helped India and other South Asian countries keep the Covid-19 mortality rate down compared to other nations, says a study. Bengaluru-based epidemiologist Dr Giridhara R Babu and researchers from the Philippines and the US conducted the study, which was recently published in the journal Science Direct. The South Asian region comprises eight countries — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka — and is home to one-fifth of the world’s population. It accounts for 21 per cent of the reported Covid-19 cases in the world and 11 per cent of the deaths. Despite low level of pandemic preparedness, the countries have done well in mounting an appropriate response, the study notes. “The region has a lower rate and proportion of deaths attributed to Covid-19, despite case surges similar to the rest…

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