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            Covid cases have plummeted in Africa and deaths are falling for the first time since the Omicron-dominated fourth wave of the virus peaked, the UN said on Thursday.
Describing the 56-day outbreak as Africa's
Covid cases ‘drop significantly’ in Africa: WHO

Covid cases have plummeted in Africa and deaths are falling for the first time since the Omicron-dominated fourth wave of the virus peaked, the UN said on Thursday.

Describing the 56-day outbreak as Africa’s “shortest spike yet,” the World Health Organization’s Africa regional office said new reported cases fell 20 percent in the week to Sunday, while reported deaths fell 8 percent.

In a statement issued after a weekly news conference, the office also said that South Africa, where the Omicron variant was first detected, had seen cases trending down over the past four weeks.

Only North Africa reported an increase in cases last week, “peaking at 55 percent,” he said.

However, Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, warned: “The continent has yet to turn this pandemic around. As long as the virus continues to circulate, more pandemic waves are inevitable.”

He said the world’s poorest continent should “not only scale up vaccines, but also gain greater and equitable access to critical Covid-19 therapeutics to save lives and effectively combat this pandemic.”

Only 10 percent of the African population is fully vaccinated, according to the WHO.

The continent, with a population of 1.2 billion, has emerged relatively unscathed from the pandemic, reporting 234,913 deaths out of 10.5 million cases, according to AFP tallies.

Source Credit: TheGuardian

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