Nairobi – The World Health Organization has warned that the death toll in Africa’s Covid-19 has risen by 43% in the past week. The WHO says the continent has recorded 10 million new cases in just one month, with several countries experiencing oxygen and bed deprivation.
Speaking at a virtual press briefing on Thursday, Matishido Moti, WHO’s regional director, said Africa was recording the highest number of CVD-19 cases since the virus first appeared in early 2020.
“Another 1 million cases have been recorded in Africa in the last one month,” Moti said. “So far it has taken the shortest time to add one thousand million cases. By comparison, it has taken about three months to transfer 4 million to 5 million cases. This Kavid-19 resurgence has been the fastest on the continent.”
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The World Health Organization reports that 12 African countries, including Algeria, Malawi, Senegal and Zimbabwe, are experiencing an upward trend in coronavirus.
Moti says the number of Africans dying from the virus is high.
“As this intensity has spread across Africa, we have seen a brutal outbreak and the death toll has risen sharply over the past five weeks, to 40 per cent last week,” Moti said. “This is a clear warning to us that our hospitals are at a breaking point. In all, 1,533,000 people have died tragically. The death toll in Africa in January is just 1 percent.”
The increase in mortality in the Delta coronavirus variant has been partly blamed on what medical experts say is the most contagious of all forms. It has been reported in 21 countries in Africa.
Namibia is a country in Africa where the total number of COVID-19 positives is declining. However, more than a thousand people have died there since Kovid-19 last month.
Ismail Katziti is a physician at Namibia’s Ministry of Health and Social Services. He explained why the death rate was so high.
“Some communities have limited capacity in some districts and territories to handle a massive, deadly and critical case of commodity,” Katziti said. “And a powerful misinformation lobby that violates public health systems, reduces available health care services, and delays complex representations in our healthcare.”
To date, only 17 million of Africa’s 1.3 billion inhabitants have been vaccinated. Some African countries blame the slow vaccination process for the vaccine dose crisis in the world market.
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Katherine Kyobutungi is head of the African Population and Health Research Center. He said African governments should ask their citizens to follow health protocols such as hand washing and wearing masks to limit the spread of the virus.
“Without the general system, the majority of the African population has no choice but to remain unvaccinated,” Kyubutungi said. “So, the hope is that in the month following August, many countries will receive at least adequate amounts of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, but take the usual measures before then.”
Most African countries have simplified health systems to deal with virus infections for economic reasons and have blamed the spread for failing to follow these steps.
As South Africa’s Aspen Pharmaceuticals begins producing 400 million vaccines in South Africa, some African countries expect to receive thousands of vaccines in the coming weeks.