The number of deaths in Africa, Tuesday (7), exceeded 200 thousand deaths from the Corona virus since the beginning of the epidemic, amid an acute shortage of vaccines and less than 3% of its population is fully immunized.
The 54 countries in the region, which were nonetheless unaffected as other parts of the world, recorded a total of 20,254 deaths, according to an AFP tally.
After several particularly deadly months, with 27,000 deaths in July and 26,000 in August, the epidemic’s spread across the continent has faded.
Currently, there are 617 deaths per day on the continent, while at the end of July it reached 990, which is a record.
The numbers are based on daily reports from each country’s health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO).
The World Health Organization estimates that if the increase in deaths directly and indirectly related to covid-19 is taken into account, The number of victims of the epidemic could be two to three times higher than what has been officially reported.
“Detectors are very weak on the continent,” South African scientist Glenda Davidson explained. He noted that death records are often approximate or inaccurate.
The recent decline of COVID-19 on a continental scale is due to the sharp decline in infections in the hardest-hit countries in the region.
In South Africa, the country officially worst affected by the epidemic, with 83,899 deaths, in the past seven days, there were about 7,400 new cases and 234 deaths per day on average, while in July there were up to 20,000 cases and 420 deaths per day.
The decline is more significant in Tunisia, where an average of 1,680 cases and 64 deaths were recorded per day in the past seven days, down 41% and 39%, respectively, compared to the previous week.
In July, the government described the situation as “catastrophic”, with the number of infections reaching 7,900 and 207 deaths per day. But the Tunisian summer was also marked by a significant acceleration in vaccination: more than 37% of citizens received at least one dose, while on July 1, only 11% did.
Africa is the continent where vaccination is least developed. Only eight doses were given per 100 people, according to AFP statistics, compared to 102 in Europe and 116 in the United States and Canada.
In late August, the World Health Organization decried “offensive disparities” in access to vaccines. According to the organization, only about 2.93% of the African population receives full vaccinations, compared to 52% in the United States and 57% in the European Union.
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