South Africa’s Cape Town Copes With Tens of Thousands of Active COVID Cases

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s Cape Town is struggling to cope with more than 38,000 active cases of COVID-19, making it the epicenter of the pandemic in Africa’s worst-hit country. The provincial chairman of the Democratic Nursing Organization of South AfrIca, Elenor Roberts, said medical staff members were under immense pressure. “As of now, the situation in our rural areas, it is dire,” because there are so many COVID patients who need attention and “so few staff to look after these patients,” Roberts said. She said there were…

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Vaccine Shipments to Africa Picking Up Amid Upsurge of COVID-19

GENEVA – The World Health Organization says shipments of coronavirus vaccine to Africa are picking up while the continent continues to grapple with an upsurge in COVID-19 infections. After a slight dip in cases last week, the third wave of COVID-19 has come roaring back, with infections rising by nearly 19 percent to more than 278,000 new cases this week. Also, this week, the World Health Organization says COVID-19 deaths have reached a record peak of more than 6,400, bringing the total number of coronavirus fatalities on the continent to…

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Jihadi Rebels Kill 30 in North Burkina Faso, Says Official

JOHANNESBURG – At least 30 people, including members of the military, were killed by jihadi rebels in northern Burkina Faso, the government said Thursday. Eleven civilians, 15 soldiers, and four volunteer defense fighters were killed by “terrorists” in several villages outside the town of Markoye in Oudalan province near the border with Niger on Wednesday, Aime Barthelemy Simpore, assistant to the minister of defense, said in a statement. The civilians were killed at midday and the military and volunteers were ambushed four hours later after being detached to secure the…

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