Covid-19: Africa records 40% increase in deaths over past month

BRAZZAVILLE, Feb 13 (NNN-AFRICANEWS) — Africa has seen a 40% increase in Covid-19 deaths over the past month compared to the previous 30 days, and is now approaching the 100,000 mark. The spike in deaths comes as some countries begin to receive their first vaccines, but are faced with growing skepticism among the population over the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. “The increasing deaths from COVID-19 we are seeing are tragic, but are also disturbing warning signs that health workers and health systems in Africa are dangerously overstretched. This…

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Rising Up to the Challenge: COVID-19 Guidelines Amidst Border Closures and a Pandemic

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, over 100 million cases have been confirmed the world over, with Africa recording 3.5 million of the confirmed cases. However, insufficient testing continues to contribute to underestimation of the scale of the pandemic in developing countries. To curtail the spread of the virus, governments have resorted to lockdowns and border closures. This has led to a 4.3 per cent drop in global GDP in 2020, the sharpest contraction since the Great Depression. While Africa weathered the economic fallout better, recording a…

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