News & Analysis: New waves and outbreaks

Entebbe referral hospital closed to inpatients after COVID-19 surge

“The director of Entebbe Referral Hospital, Dr Moses Muwanga has said the facility has been closed to inpatients due to a surge in the number of COVID-19 patients being admitted at the hospital.”

via Daily Monitor

D. R. Congo faces third wave of coronavirus, says health minister

“Like many other African countries, Congo has officially reported relatively few cases and deaths, but health authorities are concerned about a recent spike in infections that saw 243 new cases recorded on Wednesday, the highest daily figure since March.”

via Reuters

Risk of COVID-19 surge threatens health facilities in Africa, WHO says

“African countries must urgently boost critical care capacity to prevent health facilities from being overwhelmed due to COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Thursday. At a virtual press briefing, Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO regional director for Africa, said the gap between COVID-19 vaccinations globally and on the African continent is increasing because of vaccine inequity.”

via Anadolu Agency

COVID-19: Third wave hits Uganda

“The third infection wave was preceded by a dangerous COVID-19 strain during the first three months of 2021. The Health ministry has already confirmed presence of the so-called Nigerian, South African, Kigali, British, Brazilian and Indian Covid-19 strains within the country but lacks verifiable figures on the total number of people affected.”

via The East African

Windhoek faces COVID-19 ICU crisis

“The increasing hospitalization of people with COVID-19 has led to a shortage of beds in the intensive care units of Windhoek’s hospitals, especially private facilities.”

via The Namibian

South Africa broadens its COVID-19 vaccine program in the face of a potential third wave

“South Africa is set to expand its nationwide rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations as the country braces for a potential third wave of the coronavirus pandemic that officials fear could materialize in the coming weeks.”

via Quartz Africa

Why is the world still being hit by wave after wave of COVID-19 when we know how to stop it?

“To end this pandemic, high-income countries with a vaccine pipeline for adequate coverage of their populations should, alongside their own scale-ups, immediately commit to providing the 92 low- and middle-income countries of Gavi’s COVAX Advance Market Commitment with at least 1 billion vaccine doses by no later than September 2021, reaching more than 2 billion doses by mid-2022.”

via The Guardian (UK)

New COVID-19 variant in South Africa ‘of concern at a global level’ — WHO

“Maria van Kerkove, an infectious disease epidemiologist and the WHO’s lead on COVID-19, told media on Monday, 10 May that ‘there is some available information to suggest increased transmissibility of the B.1.617. As such we are classifying this as a variant of concern at a global level.'”

via Mail & Guardian

Uganda mulls lockdown as it announces second COVID-19 wave

“The Ugandan government has announced that the country is now in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic after the number of infections increased by 81 percent between March and April.”

via The East African

Nigeria bans travellers from India, Brazil, Turkey over COVID-19 fears

“‘Non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, India or Turkey within Fourteen (14) days preceding travel to Nigeria, shall be denied entry into Nigeria,’ Boss Mustapha, chairman of the presidential steering committee on COVID-19, said in a statement.”

via Reuters