Africa COVID-19 Cases Top 3 million – W.H.O

Written by on 15 January, 2021

By: Mfundo Mabaso

The World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa says revamped public health measures are critical to avert a runaway surge in infections that could stretch health facilities to the breaking point.

An average of 25 223 cases were reported each day between 28 December 2020 and 10 January 2021 in Africa, which is nearly 39% higher than the July 2020 two-week peak of 18 104 daily average cases.

According to the organisation, the new COVID-19 variant that is currently circulating widely in South Africa, accounts for most of the new infections during the second wave.

World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, says deeper investigations are underway to fully understand the epidemiological implications, but at present there are no indications the new variant increases the severity of the disease.

Moeti adds that this is a stark reminder that the virus is relentless, that it still presents a manifest threat, and that our war is far from won.

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