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WHO says Africa is in full-blown third Covid wave

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 10:15 PM, 18 June 2021  

WHO says Africa is in full-blown third Covid wave

WHO says Africa is in full-blown third Covid wave

Africa is in the middle of a full-blown third Covid wave and there is need for more vaccination, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

The total infections have crossed the five million mark and at least seven African countries have run out of vaccines.

Africa remains an area of concern, even though it accounts for only about 5% of new global infections and 2% of deaths, WHO officials say.

New cases in Namibia, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Rwanda have doubled in the past week, WHO emergencies programme head Mike Ryan is quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.

"It's a trajectory that is very, very concerning," he has told reporters at the organisation's headquarters in Geneva.

"The brutal reality is that in an era of multiple variants, with increased transmissibility, we have left vast swathes of the population, the vulnerable population of Africa, unprotected by vaccines."

South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Egypt have recorded the most virus cases in the continent.

Uganda and Namibia are experiencing a deadly third wave, with dozens of fatalities recorded daily.

A total of 136,030 people have succumbed to the virus in different African countries, according to the WHO.

The Delta variant is in 14 African countries while the Beta variant, first detected in South Africa, is in 25 countries.

The WHO says there's no clear timeline on when more vaccines will be available, but there is an urgent need for them.