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Africa Faces Worst Week of Pandemic as Delta Variant Spreads

  • Infections in the continent are doubling every three weeks
  • Just 1.1% of Africans are fully vaccinated against Covid-19
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Coronavirus cases in Africa are rising so quickly that the continent will soon face its worst week since the start of the pandemic, with the more infectious delta variant of the disease becoming more widespread.

Almost 202,000 new cases of the illness were reported in the past week, and infections are doubling every three weeks, World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said in an online briefing Thursday. More than 5.4 million cases have been reported on the continent, with 141,000 deaths, she said.