Signs of a third wave multiply
As the number of new infections continues to fall globally, only Africa remains prone to an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases week after week, according to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO).
For the second week in a row, the 20% mark for new cases has been crossed on the continent. There is now a cumulative amount of nearly 5 million cases across the country since the start of the pandemic. However, the outbreak only concerns a few countries: Egypt, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Tunisia, which represent 72% of new infections recorded, with a significant increase in variants, in particular the “delta”. detected in India.
This situation is partly explained by the difficult deployment of vaccination on the continent. WHO encourages states to extend their immunization strategies to rural and more remote areas, prioritizing vaccines that are about to expire. In Africa, 20 countries used less than half of the doses received.