The third wave of Covid-19 is spreading faster in Africa. More contagious, the Delta variant is spreading across the continent and has already been spotted in 14 countries.
The third wave of Covid-19 is spreading faster in Africa and hitting harder a continent facing a shortage of vaccines, the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Thursday. In Africa, “the third wave is picking up speed, spreading faster, hitting harder,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) regional director for Africa.
“With a rapid increase in the number of cases and increasing reports of serious illnesses, the latest wave threatens to be the worst yet in Africa,” she warned at a press conference. Virtual. According to the WHO, Covid-19 cases have increased for five consecutive weeks since the start of the third wave on May 3, 2021.
As of June 20, day 48 of the start of this third wave, Africa had registered about 474,000 new cases, an increase of 21% compared to the first 48 days of the second wave. “At the current rate of infection, the current outbreak is expected to exceed the previous one by early July,” WHO worried.
The Delta variant spotted in 14 African countries
According to the UN organization, the pandemic is resurfacing in twelve African countries. A combination of factors is fueling this new wave of contamination, including poor compliance with public health measures, significant social interaction and the spread of variants. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda respectively, approximately 77% and 97% of diagnosed cases are related to the Delta (Indian) variant.
“This variant, first identified in India, has been reported in 14 African countries,” the WHO added. “The upsurge in Covid-19 in Africa comes as the vaccine shortage persists on the continent where only” just over 1% of the African population has been fully vaccinated, “according to the WHO.
“Vaccine shortages are already prolonging the pain of Covid-19 in Africa”, “we need international solidarity” to deal with the pandemic, urged Dr Moeti. In many African countries, mistrust also remains strong with regard to anti-Covid vaccines.