Ramping up Africa’s jabs, ‘mini-lockdowns’ critical to halt Covid

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Ramping up Africa’s jabs, ‘mini-lockdowns’ critical to halt Covid

Everybody needs to commit to ‘social contract’ to save lives, says Africa CDC chief

Senior features writer

Africa’s third wave has been “very severe” in 73% of its countries, where new daily Covid-19 infections have exceeded the peak of their second wave, said Africa CDC chief Dr John Nkengasong on Thursday.

By Thursday, 7.6m Africans had been infected with Covid-19 and 191,818 people (https://africacdc.org/covid-19/) had been reported to have died.

New infections have stabilised over the past four weeks, increasing by only 0.3% overall. But they are still rising in the north, west and eastern regions, while 14 countries are reporting test positivity rates of more than 12%...

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