Africa COVID cases on longest run of declines since pandemic’s start -WHO

PUBLISHED: Thu, 14 Apr 2022 16:20:34 GMT
Nellie Peyton
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DAKAR, April 14 (Reuters) – Africa is experiencing its longest-running decline in weekly COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

Recorded weekly cases have fallen for the past 16 weeks and deaths for the last eight,the latter dropping to 239 in the past week, it said in a statement.

The upcoming cold season in the southern hemisphere could prompt a new spike in cases, it said.

“With the virus still circulating, the risk of new and potentially more deadly variants emerging remains, and the pandemic control measures are pivotal to effective response to a surge in infections” said WHO Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti.

This is a developing story…

(Reporting by Nellie Peyton; Editing by Kirsten Donovan and John Stonestreet)

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