On Sunday, the impoverished African country of Rwanda imposed a “total lockdown” because of increasing numbers of coronavirus cases, but on Wednesday one man decided to ignore the lockdown and go fishing instead, apparently confident he could evade any deadly consequences. He was right about evading the virus, but Death came in another form: a crocodile.
As the BBC reported, the man went fishing else along the Nyabarongo River, where a crocodile killed him — and ate him.
Alice Kayitesi, the mayor of the southern Kamonyi district, told the BBC, “He had broken the stay-home rule, he’s among very few people here who are not co-operating with the lockdown to stop the [corona]virus.”
The Nile crocodile is the largest freshwater predator in Africa, and is likely the second-largest reptile in the world; only the saltwater crocodile is larger.
The New York Post noted, “The African country of some 12 million people has confirmed 40 cases of COVID-19, the highest in the region, though no deaths have been reported.”
TIME reported on Tuesday, “An unprecedented lockdown looms in South Africa over the coronavirus, with a country of 57 million people told to stay home starting Friday. Virus cases leapt again to 554 on Tuesday, the most of any country in Africa. Forty-three of the continent’s 54 countries now have cases, with the total at 2,046, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
The Guardian reported on Wednesday:
There are now more than 2,400 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across Africa and growing warnings that the pandemic will cause major challenges for the continent’s under-resourced health services. World Health Organization officials have said the statistics are likely to significantly underestimate the true number of cases. There have been 60 reported deaths so far … Though South Africa has a young population, and Covid-19 is deadlier among older people, there are millions who are vulnerable because of HIV or malnutrition … Other countries with high numbers of cases include Algeria, with 264, and Egypt, on 402.
Business Insider noted in 2015:
According to wildlife ecologist James Perran Ross of the University of Florida, officials estimate that crocs kill about 1,000 people per year — 100 times more than the 10 people sharks kill per year …This difference may stem from the fact that crocodiles are extremely territorial, and will kill any intruders, including humans. Sharks, on the other hand, tend to be loners, roaming the vast ocean in search of food and places to hide. There’s also the fact that crocodiles breathe air, so they can run onto land to snatch an unsuspecting bystander and submerge them underwater to kill them.
CrocBite pointed out, “ … a handful of species are undoubtedly potentially dangerous and combined are responsible for several hundred non-fatal and fatal attacks annually. It is counterproductive to hide this fact, and looking at the reasons behind attacks helps us to improve safety and hopefully convince people that crocodilians are worth keeping around. We consider that crocodilian attacks on humans are largely preventable; the main cause of attack is a lack of awareness by the victim of the danger they put themselves in.”