Africa Marks Downward Trend in New COVID-19 Cases

ADDIS ABABA – Africa is experiencing a sustained downward trend in new Covid-19 infections over the past few weeks, said top official of Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) on Friday, calling the progress “encouraging”.

As of September 23rd, 8.1 million cases had been reported in the different member states, accounting for 3.6 percent of the Covid-19 cases reported globally, according to Africa CDC.

Director of the Africa CDC, Dr. John Nkengasong said 78 percent of AU member states are currently going through the third wave.

“And of these, 32 are experiencing a severe third wave,” said Dr Nkengasong, while seven countries, including Algeria, Benin, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Somalia, and Tunisia, are experiencing the fourth wave.

‘Encouraging progress’

However, Africa CDC’s top official said it is encouraged by the recent downward trend in the number of coronavirus cases registered across the region.

“Between the period of September 13-19, a total of 104,000 new cases were reported across the continent, and this represents a 22 percent decrease in the number of new cases reported during that period compared to the previous week,” Dr. Nkengasong. said.

In the four-week period between August 30 and September 19, the CDC said it observed a 19 percent average decrease in new cases reported during this period.

“We continue to be encouraged by the progress we are seeing in several countries as they move towards full vaccination,” said Dr Nkengasong.

The Africa CDC, a leading public health agency of the African union, is currently supporting member nations’ fight against the pandemic through the acquisition and distribution of vaccines.

To date, Africa CDC has distributed 4.4 million J&J vaccines to AU member states and plans to distribute 400 million as the fight against the pandemic continues.

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