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Africa nears 8.6 Million confirmed cases of COVID-19

Africa nears 8.6 Million confirmed cases of COVID-19
COVID-19 has reached epic proportions across Africa with confirmed cases of the pandemic from 55 African countries crossing  8,583,223 while over 135,670,394 vaccinations have been administered across the continent. Reported deaths in Africa reached  221,592 and  7,981,563 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases  2,929,862 and  89,574 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (948,923), Tunisia (716,262), Ethiopia (370,200), Libya (367,811), Egypt (350,397) and Kenya (254,710).

Meanwhile, South African COVID-19 cases are soaring with the positivity rate of tests increasing and an analysis of wastewater shows that the disease is once again becoming more prevalent in some areas. The rise in cases comes days after the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said that the incidence of COVID-19 was increasing in wastewater samples of some areas of Gauteng, the most populous province. South African Medical Research Council data show that excess deaths, the number of deaths over a historical average, have been rising in recent weeks.

There are currently far fewer cases of COVID-19 in Africa than in Europe but experts fear that the tide could turn if vaccination drives are not sped up. They say richer countries should not stockpile vaccine doses. Most African countries depend on vaccine doses from abroad, even if there are efforts to build up local production centers. But, as the number of cases rises in Europe, supplies to Africa will likely suffer. Germany, for example, has already made a decision to retain vaccine doses that were destined for poorer countries.