COVID-19. Africa: Number of cases falls, fourth wave declines, except in North Africa, according to WHO

#morocco : There has been a “significant drop” in the weekly number of Covid-19 cases in Africa and deaths as well, the WHO announced on Thursday, for the first time since the peak of the fourth wave inspired by the Omicron version.

,The fall ended the continent’s shortest surge, which lasted 56 days.,, underlined in a press release issued after a weekly press briefing to the Africa Regional Office of the WHO (World Health Organisation).

,The number of new cases reported fell 20% in the week to January 16, while the number of deaths fell by 8%,, in this text refers to the United Nations Organization.

WHO Africa says South Africa, where the Omicron variant was first sequenced, has seen a decline over the past four weeks.

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She says only North Africa has recorded an increase in the number of cases in the past week, a 55% increase.

Still, ,As the virus continues to spread, future waves are inevitable,Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Director for Africa, said in a press briefing.

Continent ,Not only should vaccination be normalised, but there should be expanded and equitable access to essential treatments, of Covid-19, he said.

Vaccination rates in Africa remain low, with only 10% of the population fully vaccinated, according to the WHO.

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