Africa’s 4th Covid-19 wave, driven by Omicron variant, flattening: WHO

Business Standard | Jan 14, 2022 at 1:00 AM
  • After a six-week surge, Africa’s fourth wave of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic driven primarily by the Omicron variant, is flattening, marking the shortest-lived surge to date in the continent where cumulative cases have now exceeded 10 million.
  • Across the continent, though, deaths rose by 64 per cent in the seven days ending on January 9 compared with the week before mainly due to infections among people at high-risk.
  • Nonetheless, deaths in the fourth wave on the African continent are lower than in the previous waves.