Digital Desk: The World Health Organization (WHO) has lately shared positive data regarding the Covid 4th wave. WHO has informed that the next covid wave seems to be crashing down with a slow pace.
WHO issued a notification regarding the Covid 4th wave, especially triggered by the new Omicron variant. The report read, “After a six-week surge, Africa’s fourth pandemic surge driven mainly by the Omicron variant is flattening, marking the shortest-lived wave to date in the continent where cumulative cases have now surpassed 10 million.”
As per the latest information, South Africa recorded around 10.2 million cumulative Covid-19 cases. However, Southern Africa, which witnessed a massive growth in infections during the Covid 4th wave surge, registered a 14% reduction in infections over the past week.
The new Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa. But, reports stated a 9% decrease in weekly infections. In addition, both the East and Central Africa regions have experienced a drop in cases. Only North Africa is witnessing a 12% rate of infections.
Regarding Covid 4th wave, WHO stated that even though the current surge was ‘steep and brief,’ it was still destabilizing and called for greater vaccination coverage.
Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO regional director for Africa, also expressed his comments on the surge of the Covid 4th wave in the nation.
Moeti added, “Early movements indicate Africa’s fourth wave has been steep and brief but no less destabilizing. The crucial pandemic countermeasure badly required in Africa still stands, rapidly and significantly expanding Covid-19 vaccinations. The next covid wave might not be so forgiving.”
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had even lately expressed worry that more than 85% of the inhabitants of Africa – approximately one billion people – are yet to receive a single dose of vaccine.
He added, “We cannot bring an end to the acute phase of the pandemic unless we work together to complete these gaps.”