The World Health Organisation (WHO) has disclosed that the weekly COVID-19 cases in Africa has declined by more than 20% noting that this is the sharpest in two months as the third wave pandemic tapers off.
This is contained in a statement issued to newsmen on Thursday by The Communications Manager WHO Regional Office for Africa Saya Oka.
The statement said Africa recorded more than 165 000 cases in the week ending on 5 September which is 23% lower than the week before, yet still higher than the weekly cases recorded at the peak of the first wave.
However, WHO’s Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti stated that While the COVID-19 cases have declined appreciably, the downward trend is frustratingly slow due to the lingering effects of the more infectious Delta variant.
He said that they are spearheading critical work and supporting countries in scaling up pathogen surveillance through genome sequencing to detect and respond effectively to COVID-19 variants.
Dr. Moeti said in collaboration with the South African National Bioinformatics Institute, WHO is at the forefront of the efforts to set up the Regional Centre of Excellence for Genomic Surveillance and Bioinformatics in Cape Town.
The centre he said, will support 14 countries before being expanded to serve more countries.
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