The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Thursday that Africa is struggling with third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as the cases are have increased weekly and are on course to overtake the second wave at its peak if the trend continues to be like this.
The released statement said, “Africa is facing a fast-surging third wave of COVID-19 pandemic, with cases spreading more rapidly and projected to soon overtake the peak of the second wave (that) the continent witnessed at the start of 2021.”
In early May, the number of infections in Africa has been increasing for five consecutive weeks since the onset of third wave, according to the WHO. The continent recorded 70,000 new cases as of June 20, which is a 21 per cent increase compared to the same period during the second wave.
The WHO is stressed, as currently, just above 1 per cent of Africa’s population has been vaccinated. The agency has further called on high-income countries, in particular, the EU, to allow all vaccines from the WHO emergency use list and to stop the unfair restriction of movement for people from countries that have limited access to vaccines.
The reoccurrence of the pandemic has been observed in 12 African countries because of poor safety measures low vaccination rates, increased social interaction and spread of new strains, including the more viral Delta variant.
The WHO has urged African countries to increase efforts to combat the virus, and has also extended aid to the worst-hit countries, such as Uganda and Zambia.