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Brace For Second Wave Of COVID-19 Infections, Africa CDC Tells Countries

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The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) on Friday urged the African continent to brace itself for possible second wave COVID-19 infections.

According to Africa CDC, the number of confirmed cases in the African continent has reached 1,759,794.

The continental disease control and prevention agency said in a statement that the death toll related to the pandemic stood at 42,336 as of Friday afternoon.

A total of 1,438,841 people infected with COVID-19 have recovered across the continent so far, the Africa CDC said.

The most COVID-19 affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia and Nigeria.

The Southern Africa region is the most COVID-19 affected region both in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases as well as the number of deaths.

The Northern Africa region is the second most COVID-19-affected African region, according to the Africa CDC.

John Nkengasong, Africa CDC Director, said “the time for the continent to prepare for the second wave is now.’’

The director, speaking during a virtual press conference on Thursday, said the continent has to prepare for a second wave of COVID-19 infections, as the number of new cases in several African countries is showing a slight increase.

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Kenya Records 810 New Coronavirus Infections

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Kenya has recorded 810 new coronavirus cases, the East African country’s health ministry announced on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Health said the cases increased infections in the country to 79,322 since March.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said eight patients had succumbed to the virus, raising fatalities in the country to 1,417 since April.

He said there were 1,198 patients admitted in various health facilities across the countrry.

“7,169 are on home-based isolation and care,” he said in a statement. “Forty-nine patients are in the Intensive Care Unit, thirty-one of whom are on ventilatory support, and fourteen on supplementary oxygen,” Kagwe said.

Kenya has experienced a surge in the number of infections since September, in what threatens plans to reopen schools in January next year.

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Nigeria Records 56 New Infections, Discharges 165 Patients

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The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 56 new infections of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

The NCDC made this known via its verified website on Monday.

It said that the infections brought the total number of cases in the country to 66,439.

The NCDC said that the new infections were from nine states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The public health agency also announced that 165 patients were discharged from isolation centres across the country.

The NCDC added that Kaduna State reported the highest daily figure of infections followed by FCT and Lagos with 18, 17 and 6 cases respectively.

Other states with new infections were Plateau-5, Kano-3, Kwara-2, Yobe-2, Ekiti-1, Niger-1 and Rivers-1.

The public health agency said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated at Level 3 which continued to coordinate the national response activities.

The NCDC also said that one death was recorded in the country.

It noted that “till date, 66,439 cases have been confirmed, 62,241 cases have been discharged and 1,168 deaths recorded in 36 states of the federation and the FCT.”

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Libya Records 650 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Now 78,000

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The Libyan government has announced 650 new COVID-19 cases.

The fresh cases, announced by the National Center for Disease Control of Libya, brings the total infections in the North African country to 78,473.

678 patients have recovered and 13 others died during the same period, raising the total recoveries to 49,592 and the national death toll to 1,102.

Since the first case was reported in March, Libyan authorities have taken a series of precautionary measures against the pandemic, including closing the country’s borders, shutting down schools and mosques, banning public gatherings, and imposing a curfew.

According to Stephanie Williams, the Acting Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary General in Libya, the first two weeks of November saw a 22-per cent increase in the number of cases, with Libya’s biggest cities – Tripoli, Misrata, and Benghazi – witnessing the largest increases.

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