Second wave of coronavirus threatens to overwhelm Africa

Second wave of coronavirus threatens to overwhelm Africa

A second growing wave of coronavirus threatens to overwhelm fragile health systems across Africa after months of relatively moderate impact on the continent, officials have warned.

Authorities in Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as international organizations, say hospital capacity and oxygen supplies run out as death rate continent-wide this month topped the global average for the first time.

“This is very serious,” Dr John Nkengasong, head of the AU’s African Centers for Disease Control, told reporters last week. He called on African leaders to subsidize masks because “for now [they] are the best vaccines we have ”.

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, head of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, warned that doctors would soon be faced with “tough decisions” about who to treat.

“The biggest indicator that will put us under pressure is the number of deaths,” he said last week. “We must keep …

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