- World Health Organization: Africa is witnessing a devastating resurgence of Covid-19 infection
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World Health Organization: Africa is witnessing a devastating resurgence of Covid-19 infection

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The World Health Organization said that Africa is witnessing a devastating resurgence of Covid-19 infection, whose peak will exceed previous waves, at a time when the countries of the continent are struggling to vaccinate even small percentages of their population.

"The third wave is accelerating and spreading at a faster pace and hitting harder," said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

"With the rapid increase in the number of cases and the increasing news of serious cases of the disease, the latest wave threatens to be the worst in Africa so far," she added.

"Africa can still withstand the impact of rapidly increasing infections, but the opportunity is dwindling. Everyone everywhere can do their part by taking precautions to prevent transmission," Moeti noted.

The number of new cases has been increasing since the beginning of May and the re-emergence of infections will exceed previous waves by the beginning of July, according to the Africa division of the World Health Organization.

Neglect in implementing public health measures, increasing social contact without wearing masks, and the emergence of new mutated strains of the virus contributed to the registration of more infections.

Moeti encouraged governments in Africa to do more to make it easier for people to get masks and maintain personal hygiene.

The mutated delta strain, which first appeared in India, has been found in at least 14 African countries, including Congo, Mozambique, Namibia and Uganda.

John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, explained that the "Delta" strain "may have played a very important role in the third, extremely harmful wave of COVID-19 in at least 20 countries across Africa."

"The third wave is severe," he added, noting that "more health centers are experiencing great pressure." He said that African countries urgently need to get vaccines to combat the disease.

Africa has recorded more than 5.2 million confirmed cases, including more than 139,000 deaths, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.

Only 1 percent of the continent's population, totaling 1.3 billion people, has received the vaccine, according to the World Health Organization and Africa Centers.

Source: "AB"
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