Covid third wave rolling relentlessly across Africa, so mask up

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Covid third wave rolling relentlessly across Africa, so mask up

Thirteen countries have detected the variant originally identified in India

Senior features writer

Fourteen African countries are “aggressively” heading into a third wave of Covid-19 infections, and the delta variant, first identified in India, has now been detected in 13 states to date, said Africa CDC director Dr John Nkengasong at his weekly briefing on Thursday.

The continent is heading towards five million reported Covid-19 cases (4.9 million) and more than 133,000 deaths by Thursday.

Nkengasong said: “The continent as a whole is moving towards a third wave, there is no doubt about that. This is unfortunate, but it is what you expect in a pandemic. We need to roll out vaccines at speed and scale, that is the only way (to stop the virus)...

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