News & Analysis: New waves and outbreaks

A year of genomic surveillance reveals how the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic unfolded in Africa

“Although distorted by low sampling numbers and blind spots, the findings highlight that Africa must not be left behind in the global pandemic response, otherwise it could become a source for new variants.”

via Science

South Africa’s scientists monitor new COVID-19 variant as the pandemic evolves

“A new highly mutated variant of the COVID-19 virus has been identified in South Africa as the country continues to battle high infections and death rates from the pandemic. Due to the fast evolving nature of the pandemic, this new variant from South Africa—the continent’s worst hit country with over 2.8 million cases—poses new challenges to regional efforts to contain the pandemic.”

via Quartz Africa

Third wave ‘stubbornly persists’, young adults urged to get vaccinated

“’The third wave remains stubbornly in our midst, with a resurgence moving decisively from Gauteng to coastal provinces,’” Health Minister Joe Phaahla said during the weekly COVID-19 update.”

via Mail & Guardian

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

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

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

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

Daily new COVID-19 cases drop, but recent civil unrest might cause new surge (South Africa)

“After recent looting and arson in parts of South Africa partly derailed the government’s efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, data on Friday showing a downward trend in new infections and an upward trend in vaccinations nationwide has brought some consolation.”

via Mail & Guardian

Third wave cases mount as tourism jobs crash

“While case numbers and deaths from COVID-19 continue to rise across Africa, the devastating costs of the travel restrictions that have been imposed on visitors as a consequence continue to grow. The economic damage caused by the closure of the tourism economy in Southern and North Africa last year is continuing, perhaps worsening, this year.”

via Africa Confidential