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The third wave cracks health systems
In Uganda, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), alerts are increasing on the saturation of hospitals while the third wave of the epidemic which affects twenty countries of the continent is proving stronger than the previous ones. In these three countries, where the Delta variant which appeared in India was detected, the health situation suddenly deteriorated in a few weeks. In the DRC, 77% of new cases diagnosed are linked to the Delta variant and 97% in Uganda, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This variant is present in thirteen countries.
A total of 160,000 new cases have been reported on the continent over the past week, an increase of 30%. South Africa, where the resurgence of the epidemic coincides with the onset of the southern winter, recorded nearly half of it.
In the still glaring lack of vaccines, regional health authorities are urging governments to ban gatherings of any kind in order to curb the spread of the virus.