Latest Developments

COVID-19 spike continues as Nigeria records two deaths, 558 new cases

“In less than one week, Nigeria has been consistent in smashing previous records of highest daily tallies in months to indicate how swift the unofficial third wave of COVID-19 is spreading.”

via PM News

Stretched Senegalese hospitals overwhelmed by third wave

“‘Patients, particularly young ones, are arriving in respiratory distress,’ Dr. Khardiata Diallo, head of infectious disease at Fann hospital in Dakar, said, her voice cracking with exhaustion. ‘We’ve never had this number of cases, deaths and severe cases. Frankly, this third wave threatens to drown us.'”

via Reuters

Vaccine demand spirals as third wave hits home

“As the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across Africa, the continent has become the most vulnerable region hit by the more transmissible Delta variant of the disease due to lack of vaccines and health facilities.”

via Africa Confidential

Rwanda expands coronavirus lockdown areas amid surge in new infections

“Rwanda on Tuesday announced tighter coronavirus lockdowns in 50 administrative areas as new cases surge. The measures were designed to keep people mostly at home in areas with the highest infection rates based on a health assessment, said local government minister Jean Marie Vianne Gatabazi.”

via Anadolu Agency

Nigeria faces deadly COVID-19 Delta wave as infections jump 150%

“After weeks of steady decline in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, Nigeria is now responding to what authorities are describing as a ‘likely third wave’ of the pandemic, led by the more contagious Delta variant.”

via The Africa Report

Pfizer and BioNTech to produce vaccine in Cape Town in African push

“Pfizer and BioNTech will begin manufacturing their COVID-19 vaccine in South Africa, as part of an effort to accelerate the rollout of the jab on a continent battling another wave of infections.”

via Financial Times

June records highest COVID-19 cases (Rwanda)

“The highest number of new COVID-19 infections were recorded in the month of June, according to the weekly Epidemiological Bulletin of July 4 from Rwanda Biomedical Centre.”

via The New Times

South African soccer team outbreak tests Tokyo Olympics’ ‘COVID-19-safe’ strategy

“An outbreak of infections among members of the South African men’s soccer team has emerged as the first test of Olympic officials’ strategy of aggressive testing and swift isolation to prevent the spread of the coronavirus throughout the Tokyo Games.”

via Washington Post

African states face acute shortages of oxygen supplies and ICU beds

“WHO regional director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said that hospital admissions for severely ill COVID-19 patients had reached unprecedented levels in about 10 countries; at least six countries were facing shortages in intensive care unit beds and medical oxygen.”

via The East African

South Sudan runs out of COVID-19 vaccines

“Health authorities say country has exhausted its supply of AstraZeneca doses received under COVAX facility.”

via Anadolu Agency