Africa’s omicron-powered wave flattens after 6 weeks: WHO
Geneva, 14 January
Africa’s fourth epidemic wave, driven primarily by the Omicron variant, is flattening out after a six-week surge, the WHO said, stressing that the shortest surge ever on the continent was “extreme and brief but less volatile”. .
The new Omicron variant was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on November 24. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a matter of concern on November 26.
“Early indications are that the fourth wave in Africa is steep and brief but no less volatile. It is badly needed in Africa for critical epidemic resistance, and it is rapidly and significantly increasing covid vaccination. The next wave may not be so forgiving.” In a statement issued on Thursday, WHO Africa Regional Director Dr. Matsidiso Moeti said, “After a six-week boom, the fourth epidemic in Africa is being flattened mainly by the Omicron variant.”
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