Africa registers an increase of over 40% of deaths by covid-19

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As deaths linked to covid-19 had “a 43% increase” within a week in Africa, a country facing a lack of oxygen and intensive care beds – warned the World Health Organization (WHO) this Thursday (15).

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“The number of deaths has increased dramatically in the last five weeks. This is a clear warning sign that hospitals in the most affected countries are reaching a breaking point,” said WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti.

The death toll rose to 6,273 in the week of July 5-11, from 4,384 deaths the week before, according to the organization.

“The first item on the agenda of African countries is to strengthen the production of oxygen to give a chance to patients affected by a severe form of the disease,” said the expert, during a virtual press conference.

The exorbitant increase in cases is explained, according to the WHO, by the insufficient supply of vaccines, but also by the population’s fatigue with preventive measures and by the increasing dissemination of variants.

Currently, the highly contagious Delta variant has been detected in 21 African countries. Namibia, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia accounted for 83% of new deaths recorded last week, according to the WHO.