News & Analysis: New waves and outbreaks

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

COVID-19: Kigali City, eight districts placed under lockdown

“‘The surge in cases has necessitated a lockdown in the city of Kigali and other 8 districts,’ read a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office. ‘Citizens are urged to significantly reduce social interactions, and limit movements to only essential services.'”

via The New Times

Ugandan economy suffers as second lockdown bites

“Second lockdown is poised to throw the economy, especially small-scale further into uncertainty.”

via The East African

Lagos logs 153 COVID-19 cases in two days

“Lagos continues to serve as the epicentre of a new wave of COVID-19 as it logged 153 cases in two days. The state almost accounted for the total of 161 cases announced by NCDC today. Federal Capital Territory of Abuja reported four cases and Gombe two. Oyo and Rivers reported a case each.”

via PM News

COVID-19: Uncertainty in fight against pandemic as Delta variant rages (Nigeria)

“As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic was ending in Nigeria and some other African countries, little did anyone know that a more infectious and deadly strain of the virus was yet to emerge.”

via Vanguard

South Africa records 16,302 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours

“Of the new cases, the NICD said that 8,543 were recorded in Gauteng, followed by 1,945 cases recorded in the Western Cape.”

via Sunday Times

UNICEF: COVID-19 infections in Libya is on the rise

“The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned that the number of COVID-19 infections in Libya is on the rise.”

via Libya Observer

COVID-19: Rwanda confirms Delta variant

“The latest diagnostics and symptoms manifested in COVID-19 patients in Rwanda confirm the presence of Delta Variant in the country, an official has said. Dr Daniel Ngamije, Rwanda’s Minister of Health, said the current virus spreads faster, is deadlier and has symptoms different from what was known before.”

via The East African

Health crisis as COVID-19 sweeps East Africa

“East Africa is in the throes of a public health crisis as its healthcare systems sag under the weight of a rapid third wave of COVID-19, largely blamed on the deadly Delta strain.”

via The East African

Uganda: Mulago hospital to install new plant as oxygen crisis worsens

“A day after news leaked that 30 COVID-19 patients died after the oxygen supply malfunctioned at Mulago hospital on Tuesday, authorities at the facility have announced that they will install a fifth oxygen plant to meet the increased demand.”

via Daily Monitor