Covid-19 cases continue to rise across Africa

By Oleen Ndori

The Delta variant continues to wreak havoc across the continent, with July witnessing a rapid upsurge in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

The third wave has seemingly hit Africa hard with the continent recording the highest numbers of Covid-19 positive cases and deaths, particularly in the last week of July.

According to the Africa Centres For Disease Control And Prevention – CDC, the week running from the 19th to the 25th of July saw 236 506 new COVID-19 cases being reported, with most of the new cases recorded this week coming from the Southern Region which accounted for 58% of the infections.

The Northern region recorded 29 percent, western region seven percent, while central Africa accounted for one percent of new cases.

According to Africa CDC, within the SADC region South Africa accounted for 35%; Zimbabwe 6%, Mozambique 5%, while Botswana accounted for 4% of new infections and deaths.

Meanwhile, as of 27 July, 51 out of 55 African Union Member States had started COVID-19 vaccination campaigns targeting priority populations.

Cumulatively, over 64 million doses have been administered, giving a coverage of 2.5% of the continental population.

Of those inoculated, 45 million have received the first dose while 19 million have been fully vaccinated.

Tanzania, Saharawi Republic, Eritrea, and Burundi are the four AU Member States yet to start the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.