Third wave hits harder as 35 members of the Ogun Corps test positive – Nigeria – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News
• COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Africa, with the highest weekly deaths
• Nigeria has 747 highest daily infections in six months
• With more than 172,000 deaths, the continent accounts for over 4% of the 4.2 million COVID-19-related deaths
New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday showed that the weekly COVID-19 deaths in Africa are in the week that ends on the 1st continent.
The data, released during a virtual press conference organized by APO Group, showed that over 6,400 deaths had been recorded, a two percent increase from the previous week, with South Africa and Tunisia responsible for over 55 percent of the deaths.
Fifteen countries are experiencing an increase in deaths and 12 have reported death rates higher than the African average of 2.5 percent in the last month.
With more than 172,000 deaths, Africa accounts for over four percent of the 4.2 million COVID-19-related deaths recorded worldwide to date.
Dr. Phionah Atuhebwe, new advisor on vaccine adoption at the WHO Regional Office for Africa, said: “It is a sad day for Africa. Our hearts go out to everyone who has lost friends and loved ones. The number of deaths has peaked on the continent week in and week out, and after a slight decline, COVID-19 cases are on the rise again. The latest data shows us that Africa is still at the height of the third wave and still has more cases than at any previous peak and that we cannot take anything for granted. “
According to the WHO, COVID-19 cases rose 19 percent to over 278,000 in the week ending August 1. South Africa accounted for 29 percent of the cases, staying near the African record high of 286,000 weekly cases recorded at the start of July.
In 22 African countries, the number of cases has risen by over 20 percent for at least two weeks. The highly transmissible delta variant was found in 29 African countries, while the alpha variant was found in 39 countries and the beta variant in 35 countries.
In Nigeria, the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic continued to devastate as the country recorded four new deaths and 747 cases on Wednesday night, the highest daily number of infections in nearly six months. The last time the country confirmed cases over 747 was on February 18, when 877 cases were recorded.
According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the number of new infections has brought Nigeria’s total infection count to 176,011, while the death toll now stands at 2,167.
A breakdown of the NCDC data found that around a third of daily infections in Nigeria were recorded in Lagos on Wednesday. The city, as the epicenter of the disease, reported 488 cases, while Akwa Ibom followed with 121 cases and Oyo State ranked third with 29 cases. The NCDC added that Nigeria tested over 2.5 million samples from its estimated 200 million population.
With active cases in Nigeria rising to 8,626, hospitals across the country remain under severe pressure as the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) continues on strike. The doctors’ strike began on Monday and its vicious consequences are already weighing on Nigerians.
Meanwhile, despite repeated denials by National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) officials, no fewer than 35 Corps members serving in Ogun state have tested positive for COVID-19.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Tomi Coker announced yesterday when he briefed journalists in Abeokuta of the third wave surge in the state.
The commissioner said that some of the corps members are currently being treated in isolation centers while others are engaged in home management. She expressed concern that Ogun has continued to see an increase in cases since the beginning of August, with at least seven to 16 cases a day.
She said: “In June 2021 there were only two cases with a positivity rate of 0.04 percent, while the month of July saw a sharp increase of 96 cases with a positivity rate of 7.4 percent. The positivity rate also increased by 14.6 percent in the first three days of August. 15 cases were recorded on Wednesday. The death rate had remained relatively constant at 50 through July 15, after which we recorded seven deaths in the past two weeks. ”
The commissioner also complained that only a small portion of the state’s population had been vaccinated. She urged citizens to accept vaccinations, saying, “Our observation so far is that all mortality lies in the unvaccinated.”
In addition, 18 corps members in Niger state tested positive for COVID-19 and have already been isolated. This was announced yesterday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mohammed Sani Idris, in Minna. Idris stated that the 18 corps members were among those who reported to the orientation camp in the state.
The recent spike in deaths and infections, as well as the ongoing doctors’ strike, are of particular concern to health professionals and government officials urging Nigerians to adhere to all required non-pharmaceutical protocols, with a special appeal to Nigerians not to let fatigue set in.
Lagos State Information and Strategy Commissioner Gbenga Omotosho yesterday appealed to residents of the state to be careful in their behavior.
According to Omotosho, the state that is Nigeria’s coronavirus epicenter is under severe pressure from the new wave of infections and “people cannot afford to give in right now”.
Aside from the pressure on public finances, the increasing death toll can be avoided if people cooperate with the government and adhere to the necessary protocols.
“We understand that people can be tired. Everybody is. But we can’t afford to give in. We have to fight just as we did in the first two rounds. An escalation of the current wave will not be in anyone’s interest. That is why we have to take responsibility for our actions. ”
THE head of the African Union Health Warden, Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), John Nkengasong announced yesterday that he was battling COVID-19 but survived the worst thanks to the shock he received in April had.
While calling on the continent to tackle the hesitant vaccination, he said, “I got COVID-19 last week despite my vaccination, and if I hadn’t been vaccinated earlier I wouldn’t be here now,” an audibly ill Nkengasong told Reporters in the online briefing. “
The Cameroonian virologist added: “The severity of the attack is unbearable. Headache, fever … every part of your body is affected. Vaccines save lives and there is no doubt about that.
Even if we have one or two side effects, it is not that the benefits far outweigh any side effects. ”
Meanwhile, the African Union has said the first of the 400 million single doses from Johnson & Johnson that African countries have jointly sourced will arrive this week and will all be distributed by September 2022.
“This brings Africa halfway closer to its continental goal of vaccinating at least 60 percent of the population. Only 1.5 percent of Africa’s population is fully vaccinated, and the continent has received just 103 million doses, far from the goal of reaching 780 million vaccinations by the end of this year. More than half of the 54 African countries are experiencing a fatal resurgence of confirmed coronavirus infections, “said Nkengasong.
The race to get more doses has been hampered by logistical hurdles due to the inability of some countries to distribute vaccinations before the expiry date and vaccine hesitation. In many parts of Africa, concerns about side effects or rumors that vaccination causes impotence or is otherwise unsafe have led the population to caution against vaccines.
Almost 12 million doses arrived via COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) in July, more than the doses taken in April, May and June combined. In the last two weeks of July, deliveries rose twelve-fold compared to the first half of the month.
COVAX is a global initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization or GAVI), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the WHO will.
According to the WHO, Africa has received 91 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to date. Around 24 million people, only 1.7 percent of the population of Africa, are fully vaccinated. The continent will need up to 183 million more doses to fully vaccinate 10 percent of its population by the end of September, and up to 729 million more doses to meet its annual goal of fully vaccinating 30 percent of Africa’s population.
COVAX aims to deliver 520 million cans to Africa by the end of 2021. Almost 90 million of these cans have now been allocated to African countries and will be delivered by the end of September. The African Union also plans to deliver at least 16 million of the 400 million Johnson & Johnson cans it has procured for African countries by the end of September.