African Health Ministers urge greater vigilance in COVID-19 fight

“African Health Ministers gathering for the resumed Seventieth session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for Africa took stock this week of the region’s efforts in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, with calls to step up vigilance and head off a possible resurgence of infections.”

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WHO urges greater COVID-19 vigilance in Africa as holidays near

“After reporting a downward trend, then a plateau, Africa has been experiencing a rise in cases since early October. Unlike the first wave of cases which was triggered by hotspots in Southern Africa, the latest increase is driven by the North African region, where temperatures are beginning to fall.”

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Social, environmental factors seen behind Africa’s low COVID-19 cases

“COVID-19 transmission in Africa has been marked by relatively fewer infections, which have been on the decline over the past two months, owing to a variety of socio-ecological factors as well as early and strong public health measures taken by governments across the region.”

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‘It weighs you down,’ Congo COVID-19 survivor recounts

“Yaffa Fatoumata hoped that the fever and the sore throat she was suffering were just signs of a passing flu. However, when the symptoms persisted, the26-year-old legal assistant in Republic of the Congo’s Ministry of Communication decided to get tested for COVID-19. Two days after the test, her results turned out positive for the virus.”

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Over 10,000 health workers in Africa infected with COVID-19

“More than 10,000 health workers in the 40 countries which have reported on such infections have been infected with COVID-19 so far, a sign of the challenges medical staff on the frontlines of the outbreak face. This comes as COVID-19 cases in Africa appear to be gathering pace.”

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