Friday
September 25
2020

Viewpoint: Africa Has Defied the COVID-19 Nightmare Scenarios. We Shouldn’t Be Surprised.

By Karen Attiah

After the novel coronavirus first appeared in Africa in late February, Ghana’s government decided it would take no chances. Ghanaian citizens were soon put under lockdown, and travel between major cities was banned. Then President Nana Akufo-Addo announced the closure of the country’s land and sea borders.

At the time, my dad was in Ghana visiting family, and he faced the prospect of being stuck until commercial flights resumed. As experts predicted how the pandemic would be a unique and devastating disaster in Africa, my siblings and I scrambled to get my father a spot on a State Department repatriation flight for U.S. citizens. We rushed to get him out because we thought he would be better off in the United States.

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Source: The Washington Post (link opens in a new window)

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Coronavirus, Health Care
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