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Africa COVID-19 cases top 3 million, first wave peak surpassed

An average of 25, 223 cases were reported each day between 28 December 2020 and 10 January 2021 in Africa

As COVID-19 cumulative cases in Africa top 3 million and daily case numbers exceed the first wave peak, the continent is now confronted with emerging variants of the virus. Revamped public health measures are ever more critical to avert a runaway surge in infections that could stretch health facilities to…

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Video News Release: WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Africa

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WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Africa.

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World Health Organization (WHO) Urges Greater Surveillance as New COVID-19 Variants Emerge

South Africa recently detected a new SARS-CoV-2 variant, which appears to transmit more easily and is likely linked to the ongoing surge of COVID-19 infections in the country

With the recent emergence in the African region of new COVID-19 variants which seem to have higher transmissibility, the World Health Organization (WHO) calls on countries to boost genomic surveillance and analysis through the African genome sequencing laboratory network to detect any new mutations and strengthen the efforts to curb…

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Coronavirus โ€“ South Africa: WHO scales up support to reinforce Eastern Cape Province COVID-19 response

With WHO support, all provinces have completed their COVID-19 Intra-action Reviews which informed their respective COVID-19 Resurgence Plan

The Nelson Mandela Metro and the Sarah Baartman Districts, two of the six health districts in the Eastern Cape Province have been reporting upward increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases during first three weeks of November. These were attributed to among others poor adherence to social distancing, inappropriate mask-wearing and other…

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Coronavirus - Rwanda: Update COVID-19 27 December 2020

The number of active cases is one thousand, six hundred, and seven (1607) and seventy-four (74) deaths

One hundred and fifty-three (153) new COVID-19 cases were identified out of 2502 samples tested today. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases to seven thousand, nine hundred, and seventy (7970). To date, six thousand, two hundred, and eighty-nine (6289) patients have recovered, including fifty-two (62) in the past…

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Coronavirus - Rwanda: Update COVID-19 23 December 2020

The number of active cases is one thousand, three hundred, and sixty-two (1369) and sixty-six (66) deaths

Eighty-seven (87) new COVID-19 cases were identified out of 2366 samples tested today. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases to seven thousand, five hundred, and ninety-eight (7598). To date, six thousand, one hundred, and sixty-three (6163) patients have recovered, with no one in the past 24 hours. The…