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Africa CDC chief urges more COVID-19 testing as cases rise

2022 Nov 17, 19:18, Kampala

The head of Africa’s top public health institute is urging authorities across the continent to step up COVID-19  testing amid a concerning rise in new cases in some countries.

The continent of 1.3 billion people saw a 37% rise in new cases over the past week, Ahmed Ogwell, acting director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday.

Over the last four weeks there’s been an 11% rise in new cases, he said.

“COVID is still very much here with us and, in fact, when we look at the numbers we see that there are some member states that are actually going into a new wave and we are monitoring that closely,” he said. “When we have a clear analysis, next week we will be able to report to you if the new waves are holding or if those have been quickly brought under control.”

He did not mention which countries face a new wave of infections, but South Africa Africa is one of them. Africa’s most advanced economy has been the most affected by COVID-19, the source of the bulk of confirmed cases and deaths.

COVID-19has infected 12.1 million people across Africa’s 54 nations, accounting for 2% of cases globally, and at least 256,000 have died, according to figures from the Africa CDC.


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