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New Covid variant is spreading through Africa like a Delta in flood

Deaths on the continent have jumped by an alarming 43% in the past week

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The Delta variant is driving the steep third wave of Covid-19 across nearly half the countries in Africa, where deaths jumped by 43% in the past week.

Africa CDC director, Dr John Nkengasong, said on Thursday that the highly transmissible Delta variant — identified in 15 countries and rampaging through many including Uganda, the DRC and SA — was dominant.

More than 5.7 million cases of Covid-19 and almost 149,000 deaths (https://africacdc.org/covid-19/) had been reported in Africa by July 8. Thirteen of the 23 countries are experiencing a “more severe third wave”, he said at his weekly briefing...

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