COVID-19: Second wave to reach Africa soon

Africa must arrange for a second COVID-19 tide, disease control group states.

CGTN reported that COVID-19 cases are rapidly growing in some parts of Africa, and management should step up arrangements for a second wave, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Thursday.

Africa preparing for another wave

Over the last four weeks, cases have grown by 45% per week on average in Kenya, 19% in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and eight percent in Egypt, the African Union-run organization’s leader John Nkengasong stated.

“The time to plan for a second wave is now,” he said, pushing governments “not to get into blocking fatigue mode.”

The mainland of 1.3 billion people has so far handled better than widely expected to contain the epidemic.

This management is also under the percentage of deaths than other regions, notably due to strict lockdown standards imposed in March.

Wise decisions by Africa

There have been 41,776 graves among the 1.74 million people recorded infected with the virus.

Consequently, the new is according to a Reuters tally on accurate data as of Thursday daybreak. Starting in August, many governments relaxed restrictions.

However, a trend of declining cases has flattened.

WHO’s warning

Matshidiso Moeti, Africa director for the World Health Organization (WHO), stated in an online press interview on Thursday that many governments eased restrictions since August, and a trend of decreasing cases has flattened.

In Kenya, the administration allowed bars to resume September 28 and cut the nightly limitation by two hours. Schools partly reopened on October 12.

Any easing was justified to help markets in the region to start healing, Moeti said. However, “we will need to be trading with some of these upticks. What is necessary is to contain them.”

On Wednesday, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta stated a November 4 summit to examine the surge in infections. He urged Kenyans to use face masks properly and follow social distancing to bypass “losing hard-fought-for ground” to struggle against the disease.

About ceasing the spread in Africa

Approaching a virtual World Health Summit in Berlin, Ngamije said many gulls with non-communicable diseases were also personalities 55 years and above.

“Recently, we saw that with COVID-19, NCDs are a big problem. We recorded that 90% of the 34 causes of death were with NCDs comorbidities,” he said.

The minister aimed out that Rwanda has been well-off in containing the virus. Also, out of the 5,066 total collected confirmed cases as of October 25, the fatality reached 0.7%.

Nagamine attributed the victory to a health system that he said has dramatically increased access to medical services for the bulk of Rwandans.

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