Africa’s COVID-19 cases edge closer to the 5.3 million mark punctuated by a daily spike in infections

AFRICA – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has reached 5,234,387, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) reported. The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union, said the death toll from the pandemic stood at 138,154 while 4,643,802 patients across the continent had recovered from the disease. South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Egypt are the countries with the most cases in the continent, according to the Africa CDC. South Africa has 1,832,479 cases and 58,795 deaths. The country has received…

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Africa reports over 5.2 million COVID-19 cases in what seems to be the peak of the third wave

AFRICA – Data published by the Africa CDC shows that the continent has so far reported 5,212,840 cases out of 50,843,958 tests conducted since the onset of the pandemic. Africa, which has earned a spot on WHO’s watch list for a rapidly rising third wave, has reported 137,695 fatalities and 4,622,512 recoveries. Most African nations are recording an increase in numbers every day, even as vaccination continues to roll out at a, slow than should be, pace. South Africa, a country that has seen the worst under the pandemic in…

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As coronavirus cases rise, Africa faces immense threat from rise of deadlier variants

AFRICA – African Union Member States have reported 5,190,181 COVID-19 cases, 137,350 deaths and 4,611,132 recoveries according to the most recent report. According to the Africa CDC, new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 are rapidly spreading across continents and multiple variants are emerging in Africa, some deadlier, as the continent slips into a third wave. The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about the slowdown in vaccination, with 47 of Africa’s 54 countries at the risk of missing the September target of vaccinating 10 percent of their population, unless 225 million…

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Africa’s COVID-19 third wave gathers pace fueled by highly contagious variants, WHO warns

AFRICA – Coronavirus infections in Africa are surging as a third wave of the pandemic gains pace in the continent and nears the first wave peak of more than 120,000 weekly cases recorded in July 2020, fueled by the spread of more contagious variants, the World Health Organization has said. The continent which was not hit hard by the pandemic like most other regions, has so far recorded 136,030 deaths from 5,108,888 cases, according to official figures by Africa CDC. The more-transmissible Delta variant, which was first detected in India,…

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Africa records over 5.1 million COVID-19 cases

AFRICA – Data published by the Africa Center for Disease control (Africa CDC) reveals that Africa has recorded over 5.1 million cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic early last year. The continent, which is one of the most disadvantaged in terms of healthcare delivery and administration of COVID vaccines has witnessed 136, 030 deaths so far, due to the pandemic. Researchers have continuously expressed their reservations towards the numbers being reported in Africa due to poor testing capabilities and limited in-hospital treatment, citing that it is likely…

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Third wave of COVID infections continues to ravage through Africa

AFRICA – African Union Member States have so far recorded COVID-19 5,066,568 cases, 135,195 deaths and 4,536,503 recoveries according to data published by Africa CDC. Africa’s southern region continues to be adversely affected by the pandemic. The region has reported 2,208,078 cases and 66,691 deaths. South Africa contributes the largest percentage of all these having recorded 1,752,630 cases and 57,879 deaths. The country recorded 157 in-hospital deaths recorded in the past 24 hours with 8,436 new COVID-19 cases. Following this, the south African government has put the country under level…

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African nations lay stringent measures to combat the third wave of COVID-19 infections

AFRICA – As infections continue to rise claiming thousands of lives across Africa, governments are tightening the belt around measures put in place to reduce the spread of the virus and avert a conceivably critical situation. The continent, which has thus far reported 5,064,574 cases and 135,158 deaths, has many nations submerged in the third wave of infections, which is threatening to be more severe than the second wave. South Africa, the most affected nation, recorded 5, 552 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 as of yesterday and 114 deaths, bringing…

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Africa desperately short of COVID vaccines even as a new wave of infections sweeps across the continent

AFRICA – In the global race to vaccinate people against COVID-19, Africa is tragically at the back of the pack, barely out of the starting blocks. This even as numbers rise every day. As of yesterday, Africa CDC reported a cumulative total of 4,990,089 COVID cases in the continent. In South Africa, which has the continent’s most robust economy and its biggest coronavirus caseload, currently at 1.7 million cases, just 0.8% of the population is fully vaccinated, according to a worldwide tracker kept by Johns Hopkins University. South Africa is…

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Africa CDC partners with Mastercard Foundation in $1.3 Billion deal to save African lives and livelihoods

ETHIOPIA – Canadian foundation, Mastercard, has announced that it will deploy $1.3 billion over the next three years in partnership with the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to save the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in Africa and hasten the economic recovery of the continent. This initiative builds on an earlier collaboration between Mastercard and Africa CDC to expand access to testing kits and enhance surveillance capacity in Africa. Through the Foundation’s support, the Africa CDC’s Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) deployed nearly…

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Africa’s COVID-19 graph continues to peak steadily with numbers edging toward 5 million

AFRICA – COVID numbers in Africa are on steady rise with the total number of infections at 4,951,177 as reported by Africa CDC. However, the continent is also experiencing a balance between infections and recoveries. As of yesterday, cumulative recoveries in the continent tallied to 4,469,399 outweighing fatalities by a whooping margin. Africa has recorded a total of 133,174 deaths due to COVID. So far, South Africa, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia have recorded high mortality rates. Egypt has a cumulative death toll of 15, 437 out of 266,527 cases while…

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