Coronavirus: African CDC encouraged by declining trend of COVID-19 cases in Africa



Coronavirus: African CDC encouraged by declining trend of COVID-19 cases in Africa

If you look at the four-week period between August 30 and September 19, we saw an average 19% decrease in new cases reported during that period.

ADDIS-ABABA, Ethiopia, September 25, 2021 / APO Group / –

The African Union (AU) through the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) continues to lead the continent in the fight against the COVID19 pandemic.

Since its outbreak, the viral infection has affected economies and millions of families, causing a change in the usual way of life. As several member states battle the disease, the Africa CDC has continued to lead the fight against the pandemic by supporting several governments in a number of ways, including through the acquisition and distribution of vaccines.

To this day, the highly contagious variants of the coronavirus continue to spread across the continent. As of September 23, 8.1 million cases have been reported across member states, representing 3.6% of COVID-19 cases reported globally.

“The continent is still going through a severe third wave. 78% of our Member States are currently going through the third wave. And among them, 32 are experiencing a severe third wave. Seven countries, including Algeria, Benin, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Somalia and Tunisia, are currently experiencing the fourth wave, of which four are going through a fourth wave ”, said Africa CDC Director Dr John Nkengasong.

However, the Africa CDC is encouraged by the recent downward trend in the number of recorded COVID-19 coronavirus cases in the region.

“Between the period September 13-19, a total of 104,000 new cases were reported across the continent, representing a 22% decrease in the number of new cases reported during this period compared to the previous week . “

“If you look at the four week period between August 30 and September 19, we saw an average 19% decrease in new cases reported during that period. We continue to be encouraged by the progress we are seeing in several countries as they move towards full vaccination, ”said Dr Nkengasong.

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