Africa’s second coronavirus wave ‘more aggressive’

A new variant of the coronavirus, which appears to be more transmissible, has been discovered in South Africa and is being blamed for a new surge in Covid-19 cases in the UK.

The second wave of coronavirus hitting Africa is “more aggressive” than the first, according to the head of the African Centres for Disease Control (CDC), John Nkengasong.

He told the BBC Newsday program that the continent was now reporting about 30,000 new cases daily compared to 18,000 new cases in mid-July.

The health agency’s tally shows that Africa has so far confirmed 2,879,193 coronavirus cases, with 68,755 deaths and 2,378,090 recoveries.

Countries like Rwanda, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and the Democratic Republic have imposed new restrictions to limit the virus’s spread.

Mr Nkengasong said the focus now is on “prevention measures that should be in place and engaging with the populations so that they can truly get out of the pandemic fatigue mode”.

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He added that face masks are the continent’s best hope to prevent the spread of the virus and urged the government to offer subsidies on masks.

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