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Let’s keep a close eye on India’s Covid ‘tsunami’: Africa health chief

Africa CDC head Dr John Nkengasong says we can learn from India’s spike and repeatedly warns against complacency

Senior features writer

Africa’s current Covid-19 infection curve has “striking similarities” to that of India in March, and the continent cannot be complacent that it has the virus under control, said Dr John Nkengasong, director of the Africa CDC, on Thursday at his weekly Covid-19 update (https://africacdc.org/covid-19/).

“Let’s the study the situation in India very, very carefully,” said Nkengasong.

"What are some of the elements that led to that situation? One, was that the public health measures were loosening up quickly. Second, was that India got into a situation where mass gatherings and religious ceremonies required many people together in March and February and the virus seeded itself there...

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