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Fifth wave hits parts of Africa and, surprise surprise, unvaxxed ...

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Countries entering their fifth wave during pandemic

Fifth wave hits parts of Africa and, surprise surprise, unvaxxed bear brunt

Death rates are rising as Omicron conquers continent, although they are not as high as in previous waves

Senior features writer

Eight African countries are already in their fifth wave of the pandemic and the continent has “hit the important milestone” of more than 10-million Covid-19 infections said Dr John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (https://africacdc.org/covid-19/A), on Thursday.

Covid-19 deaths have been lower in the steeper and briefer Omicron-driven fourth wave than previous waves, but they still soared over the festive season, bringing the total number of people who have died to more than 223,000 this week.

Deaths rose on average by a third (33%) in the four weeks to January 9, and Nigeria was the worst affected with a 299% average increase, the Africa CDC chief reported. In the past seven days, deaths jumped by nearly two thirds (64%) compared to the week before, according to the latest report by the World Health Organisation Africa region...

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