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South Africa readies hospitals as Omicron variant drives new COVID-19 wave – Ramaphosa

South Africa readies hospitals as Omicron variant drives new COVID-19 wave – Ramaphosa

South Africa is preparing its hospitals for more admissions, as the Omicron variant pushes the country into a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday. Ramaphosa said in a weekly newsletter that Omicron appeared to be dominating new infections in most provinces and urged more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. "We will soon be convening a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council to review the state of the pandemic. This will enable us to take whatever further measures are needed to keep people safe and healthy," he added.
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Strong leadership fought COVID-19 in Africa: the next step is to harness research

Strong leadership fought COVID-19 in Africa: the next step is to harness research

AFRICAN countries are still reeling from the effect of measures, such as lockdowns, taken to contain the spread of COVID-19. Though painful, they were a vital part of the successful public health response mounted by many African leaders. MONIQUE WASUNNA, Director, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative Africa Regional Office and Researcher, Kenya Medical Research Institute The quick responses by most African countries meant that they were able to avoid the large-scale loss of life seen elsewhere. The 1.8 million infections and 44,000 deaths recorded on the continent by mid-November are a great loss. They are, nevertheless, far from the catastrophic…
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Second COVID-19 wave hits West & Central Africa as weather cools

Second COVID-19 wave hits West & Central Africa as weather cools

PAUL LORGERIE and EDWARD McALLISTER A second wave of coronavirus infections is hitting West and Central Africa, and experts are warning it could be worse than the first as cooler weather descends on a region where most countries cannot afford a vaccine. Nigeria, Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo and Democratic Republic of Congo are all at or near record levels of infection, data compiled by Reuters shows. Infections in Senegal are also rising fast. Compared to the United States and Europe, the region has so far been spared the worst of the pandemic. West and Central African countries are…
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