On Sunday, according to the African Union’s health watchdog by AFP, Africa has recorded more than 10 million coronavirus cases. The African Centres for Disease Control (CDC) released the data showcasing the 55 member states of the African Union with more than 10,028,508 cases since the outbreak of the pandemic.
The CDC confirms recording the death toll of 231,157. Several countries on the continent have enforced new restrictions following the discovery of the highly contagious Omicron variant in South Africa in late November. However, due to poor access to jabs and some vaccine hesitancy, vaccine uptake in Africa, home to nearly 1.2 billion people, has been low.
The new Omicron variant has surged cases in nine nations including Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Among these nations, South Africa remains the epicenter of the COVID-19 infection. It records the overwhelming majority of thousands of new cases per day for every new variant.
Namibia’s doctor Shangula said that the cases are going up but hospitalization of the covid cases is low. The new variant Omicron has quickly become the dominant variant across the African region.