Alarm bells as deadly Delta variant spreads ‘aggressively’ ...


Alarm bells as deadly Delta variant spreads ‘aggressively’ across Africa

Hospitals across the continent are being overwhelmed in the unprecedented third wave

Senior features writer

A surging third wave in Africa is pushing up the number of Covid-19 deaths as hospitals become overwhelmed and the Delta variant of Covid-19, first identified in India, rampages across at least 20 countries.

“The Delta variant is aggressively taking over from other variants and crowding them out, not just in Uganda but in other countries such as the DRC,” said Africa CDC director Dr John Nkengasong at his weekly Covid-19 briefing ( on Thursday.

New deaths rose 19% from the previous week’s update, and have gone up 7% during the past month, reaching 139,000 by Thursday. More than five million cases have been reported on the continent...

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