COVID-19: Omicron Currently Dominant In Nigeria – WHO

COVID-19: Omicron Currently Dominant In Nigeria – WHO

WHO has said 30 African countries and at least 142 worldwide have detected the Omicron variant, while the Delta variant has been reported in 42 African nations.

As of December 20, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 45 cases of the Omicron variant.

WHO in a statement on Thursday, said as of January 11, there have been 10.2 million COVID cases in Africa, with Southern, East, and Central Africa experiencing a drop in weekly infections.

However, the global health organisation said North and West Africa are witnessing a rise in the COVID-19 cases, with North Africa reporting a 121 percent increase in the past week, compared to the previous one.

The statement read, “Across the continent, though deaths rose by 64% in the seven days ending on 9 January compared with the week before mainly due to infections among people at high-risk. Nonetheless, deaths in the fourth wave are lower than in the previous waves. Hospitalizations have remained low. In South Africa, for instance, around 9% of its over 5600 intensive care unit beds are currently occupied by COVID-19 patients.

“In countries experiencing a surge in cases, the fast-spreading Omicron variant has become the dominant type. While it took around four weeks for the Delta variant to surpass the previously dominant Beta, Omicron outpaced Delta within two weeks in the worst-hit African countries.

“In West Africa, where COVID-19 cases are on the rise, the number of Omicron sequences undertaken by countries including Cabo Verde, Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal, is growing.

“And Omicron is currently the dominant variant in both Cabo Verde and Nigeria.”

The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti during a media brief on Thursday, said early indications suggest that Africa’s fourth wave has been steep and brief but no less destabilising.

Moeti said, “The crucial pandemic countermeasure badly needed in Africa still stands, and that is rapidly and significantly increasing COVID-19 vaccinations. The next wave might not be so forgiving.

“This year should mark a turning point in Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination drive. With vast swaths of the population still unvaccinated, our chances of limiting the emergence and impact of deadly variants are frighteningly slim.

“We have the know-how and the tools and with a concerted push we can certainly tip the balance against the pandemic.”

↯↯↯Read More On The Topic On TDPel Media Below↯↯↯

»Share Your Opinion On TDPel Media«