Covid-19: Africa facing a third wave

April 02, 2021 | by: David Kodjani

As Europe battles a third wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, Africa remains within a comma preserved, but the epidemic continues to be present across the continent while awaiting vaccination can fully deploy.

Vaccination begins slowly on the continent, a little faster in Senegal or Saturday March 20, 2021, 8,311 people were vaccinated bringing the number to 159,168, Côte d'Ivoire for its part is a little behind with 468 people vaccinated on March 20, for a total of 24,639 people vaccinated against Covid-19 since March 1. But many countries are still waiting for the first vaccines.

Kenya faces a powerful third wave

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Regularly up as a model in the fight against the pandemic in Africa, Kenya faces a powerful third wave of coronavirus resulting in a positivity rate and mortality record, saturated hospitals and gestures barriers little applied.

Recent warnings from the authorities and the extension of the curfew announced on March 12 were not enough. Since March, Kenya has been submerged by a third tidal wave.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday announced the isolation "until further notice" of five counties, including the capital Nairobi, after giving disturbing figures: test positivity rate multiplied by ten since January (from 2% to more than 20%), mortality going from three deaths per day in January-February to seven in March, 20 people in intensive care in January against 950 since March 12…

This third wave appears more devastating than the first two and also occurs two months later the reopening, at the beginning of January, of primary schools and colleges, which were closed again on Friday. These measures aim to "avoid a national health crisis", while "the pressure that the pandemic is exerting on (the) health system is unprecedented", added Uhuru Kenyatta.

Like Kenya, some African countries have toughened their measures from the third wave. This is the case of Togo, which has put in place new strict health measures concerning the respect of barrier gestures.

Morocco, for its part, has suspended air links with around 40 countries to curb the spread of Covid-19, the number of cases of which has risen sharply in Europe since early March. The General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) specifies that this suspension concerns passenger flights, "special passenger flights" being subject to reinforced controls.

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