COVID-19: Why Africa was prepared for the pandemic

A residents from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. South Africa will begin a phased easing of its strict lockdown measures on May 1, although confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to increase. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

The continent, like others, could theoretically see an overwhelming number of cases of COVID-19. But the distribution of the population and people’s experience with infectious disease are already helping to manage the spread.

In this episode, we talk to Richard Wamai (associate professor of cultures, societies, and global studies).