News & Analysis: New waves and outbreaks

Zambia closes schools, restricts social functions as it battles COVID-19 third wave

“Zambia has re-imposed strict measures, including closing schools, to curb the spread of COVID-19 as it battles to keep the third wave at bay.”

via The East African

Uganda seeks oxygen donations after nine doctors die in ‘India-like’ coronavirus surge

“Nine doctors have died of COVID-19 in Uganda in the last fortnight, as a devastating new wave of coronavirus infections sweeps over the country.”

via The Telegraph

Rwanda extends curfew, restricts gatherings over surge in COVID-19

“Rwanda has seen a spike in coronavirus infections in the past week with the positivity rate rising from 0.5 percent to 4.3 percent. Kigali was noted as the epicentre with more than half of the infections. A cabinet meeting on June 12, resolved, among others, that business activities shall close by 8pm and residents will observe a 9pm-5am curfew. The previous curfew ran from 10pm to 4am.”

via The East African

How do we know if South Africa is in a third COVID-19 wave — and could there be a fourth?

“South Africa is on the cusp of a third COVID-19 wave, with some provinces already there. The country hasn’t vaccinated nearly enough people for its vaccination roll-out to make a difference to the potential severity of this wave, experts have warned.”

via Mail & Guardian

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