Coronavirus second wave surges across Africa

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Coronavirus second wave surges across Africa

Mildly hit the first time round, the continent’s death rate has now overtaken the global average

Neil Munshi, Joseph Cotterill and Andres Schipani

A growing coronavirus second wave is threatening to overwhelm fragile health-care systems across Africa after months of relatively mild impact on the continent, officials have warned.

Authorities in Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, SA and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as international organisations, say hospital capacity and oxygen supplies are running out as the continent-wide death rate this month surpassed the global average for the first time.

“It is very severe,” Dr John Nkengasong, head of the AU’s Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC), said last week. He appealed to African leaders to subsidise masks because “for now [they] are the best vaccines that we have”. ..

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