COVID-19 claims over 255,000 lives in Africa as cases hit 11.9 million


The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says over 255,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the African continent since the outbreak of the viral infection.

In its latest update on Tuesday, the agency stated that the continent has now recorded 11,994,450 cases, 255,127 deaths and 11,376,553 recoveries.

According to the report, the West African region recorded 864,642 cases; 11,409 deaths and 844,940 recoveries, with Nigeria having the highest figures with 261,473 cases; 3,147 deaths, and 254,953 recoveries.

Also, the World Health Organisation, WHO Regional Office for Africa has revealed that as of July 10, 2022, 282 million people on the continent had completed their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine doses, representing 21.1% of Africa’s population.

Meanwhile, WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, in a statement on Tuesday, said more than 892 million vaccines have been delivered to Africa, with 64% of shots from the COVAX Facility.

“This uptick in vaccination coverage shows that African countries remain committed to COVID-19 vaccination.

“This is encouraging because vaccination remains the most effective tool in our response to COVID-19 on the continent.

“Across the continent, there are ongoing efforts for the integration of the COVID-19 vaccination into primary health care services”, she noted

Matshidiso also disclosed that the world health body is building on the experience garnered to ensure an all-inclusive primary health care approach is implemented for COVID-19 vaccination.

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