News & Analysis: Second wave

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

Key Lessons Kenyans Should Learn from India’s Alarming COVID-19 Backslide

“Kenyans must realize that COVID-19 is still here with us, and the situation could easily get out of hand if we are not careful.”

via Tuko

North West Cameroon: Tubah Mayor Encourages Massive Testing

“Mayor Tanjong Martin distributed sanitizers, soap, facemasks, wash hand buckets and other preventive gadgets. The outing was a follow up to earlier actions during which the Tubah Council undertook a massive disinfection exercise to the University community of Bambili, public institutions, some palaces and major junctions.”

via Cameroon Tribune

The first and second waves of the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa: a cross-sectional study

“Our analysis showed that the African continent had a more severe second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic than the first, and highlights the importance of examining multiple epidemiological variables down to the regional and country levels over time.”

via The Lancet

Kenyan Counties Directed to Increase ICU Beds in the Wake of COVID-19 Third Wave

“Health Cabinet Secretary Mutai Kagwe directed counties to be ready for the COVID -19 third wave.”

via Tuko