Digital Desk, Addis Ababa. The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that cases of the Omicron variant of the corona have been reported in 11 countries across the continent. Addressing the media here on Thursday, Africa CDC director John Nkengasong said seven additional African countries have reported Omicron variants during the past week, bringing the total to 11 cases across the continent, Xinhua news agency reported. Is.
Countries where coronavirus cases were found include South Africa, Botswana, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Zambia, Senegal, Tunisia, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Also on Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the aforementioned African countries currently account for 57 percent of the nearly 1,000 Omicron cases reported by 46 countries around the world. The WHO said data from South Africa indicated Omicron may cause less severe disease.
Despite Omicron’s wide global presence, more than 60 countries have imposed travel restrictions primarily targeting southern African countries, some of which have not yet reported any Omicron cases. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s regional director for Africa, said Omicron is now present in about 60 countries globally. Travel restrictions targeting primarily African countries are difficult to justify.
Meanwhile, the world body also said that there has been a 93 percent increase in weekly corona cases in the continent. As of Friday, the number of confirmed corona cases in Africa has risen to 8,797,227 while the death toll has risen to 224,231. According to the WHO, Africa has given more than 372 million corona vaccine doses so far. Although the pace of vaccination has increased in recent months, only 7.8 percent of Africa’s population has been fully vaccinated.