JOHANNESBURG—A more contagious new Delta coronavirus is on the rise across Africa. The continent with the fewest vaccines and the weakest healthcare systems. It has terrified epidemiologists and political leaders about a public health disaster that could mirror the tragedy in India’s spring.
variable speed of revolution It was first identified in India and is forcing governments around the world to impose tighter restrictions on social and economic activities. Shocking African health professionals A continent, partly thanks to a younger population— There have been deaths from COVID-19 less than other regions Some have warned that previous infections from another virus strain may not protect against Delta. This made some of the population believed to have weakened immunity again.
In South Africa, families They drove ailing relatives across state lines trying to find one of the few remaining intensive care units in the country. On the night of last June COVID-19 patients All of the 30 people in the intensive care unit of Uganda’s largest hospital have died as they run out of oxygen supplies. in the city of Lusaka capital city of zambia Doctors said the morgue was empty.
“We are in the grip of a wave of destruction that looks like it will be worse than what happened before,” South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday in a televised live broadcast where he imposed lockdown measures. new “The rapid spread is very serious,” he said.
Africa’s third wave of infections comes at a dangerous time for the continent: Only 1.1% of the continent’s 1.3 billion people are fully vaccinated, medical supplies are exhausted, doctors are exhausted physically and mentally, and in some In the case of not receiving wages and hospitals are replacing patients. leaving due to lack of bed and oxygen