Original title: The diagnosis rate of new coronary pneumonia in many African countries is high to speed up vaccination
Affected by the spread of the mutant new crown virus Omi Kiron strain, the diagnosis rate of new crown pneumonia in some African countries remains high. Many countries have tightened epidemic prevention measures and promoted vaccination.
Kenya’s recent COVID-19 diagnosis rate has been at a high level, exceeding 30% for several consecutive days. The Kennedy Health Department said on the 29th that 3297 confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia had been reported in the past 24 hours, with a diagnosis rate of 34.2%.
The Ministry of Health of Zambia stated on the 29th that the country had reported 5,255 confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia in the past 24 hours, with a positive rate of 31%. Zan Health Minister Silvia Marsebo said on the 28th that the surge in cases was attributed to cross-infection in large gatherings and workplaces during the New Year holiday.
Statistics released by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases of South Africa on the 29th showed that in the past 24 hours, there were 9,020 newly confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia in South Africa, and the cumulative number of confirmed cases reached 3,433,554.
Under the pressure of the epidemic, many African countries have tightened their epidemic prevention measures again. The governments of Kenya, Angola, Congo (Brazzaville), Gabon and other countries require local people to show a certificate of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative report of COVID-19 when entering government agencies and other places.
According to the Botswana health department on the 29th, the local population between 12 and 17 years old will be vaccinated. 67.4% of the country’s population has completed the entire vaccination process. At the same time, the Botswana Drug Administration has approved a vaccine booster plan and will start booster vaccination in due course.
Vaccination rates vary greatly among African countries. The National Primary Health Care Development Agency of Nigeria stated that as of the 28th, nearly 10 million people in Nigeria had received the first dose of the new crown vaccine, accounting for 8.9% of the population meeting the vaccination requirements; more than 4.4 million people completed the full vaccination, accounting for the vaccination requirements 3.9% of the population.
Machidiso Muti, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Africa, previously called on Africa to speed up vaccination efforts to save more lives.