Coronavirus infections in Africa are increasing as a third wave of the pandemic increases the pace of the continent, fueled by the spread of more contagious variants, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
“Africa is in the middle of a third wave. The disturbing trajectory of growing cases should wake everyone up to urgent action“WHO regional director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti told an online press conference.
According to WHO data, the number of new cases of COVID-19 in Africa increased to more than 116,500 in the week ending June 13, from nearly 91,000 the previous week.
In 22 African countries, cases rose more than 20 percent between the week and June 13, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia and Uganda reported the highest number of new weekly cases since it began. the pandemic.
The WHO said that “lack of adherence to transmission prevention measures has fueled the new wave that coincides with a colder seasonal climate in southern Africa and as more contagious variants spread.”
The continent has been less affected by the pandemic than most other regions, recording 135,885 deaths from 5,107,939 cases so far.
But the most transmissible Delta variant, which was first detected in India, has been reported in 14 African countries and the Alpha and Beta variants, first detected in Britain and South Africa, respectively, are they have found in more than 25 African countries.
“Rising cases and deaths are an urgent wake-up call for lagging countries” in their vaccination programs, Moeti said.
“Several African countries have shown that they can move vaccines quickly, so while we welcome recent international vaccine promises, if we want to curb the third wave, Africa needs doses here and now.”
The WHO said vaccine implantations in Africa were increasing, “with more than five million doses administered in the last five days, compared to about 3.5 million doses per week over the past three weeks. “.
Nearly 12 million people are now fully vaccinated, “but it is still less than 1% of the African population,” the WHO said.
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