COVID-19 deaths increase by 80% in Africa, driven by Delta variant — WHO

Written by on August 2, 2021

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says COVID-19 deaths have increased by 80 percent in the past month in Africa, mostly driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant.

The Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said on Friday at his regular COVID-19 briefing that the Delta variant had been detected in at least 132 countries.

Ghebreyesus said almost four million cases worldwide were reported last week to WHO and the agency expected the total number of cases to pass 200 million in the next two weeks.

“Infections have increased in every region of the world, with some even reaching 80 percent more in the past month. In Africa, deaths have increased by 80 percent over the same period,’’ the official warned.

The director-general blamed the rise of cases on increased social mixing and mobility, the inconsistent use of public health and social measures, and inequitable vaccine use.

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