New Delhi, 14 January The new form of corona virus, Omicron, led to the third and fourth epidemics of the epidemic in many countries. Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated in African and European countries, but now the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported relief. According to the WHO, after a six-week boom in Africa, the fourth wave of corona virus is now looking a little weaker.
The new Omkron variant was first identified by WHO on November 24 in South Africa. The World Health Organization (WHO) on November 26 declared it a kind of concern. WHO Regional Director for Africa “Early indications are that the fourth wave in Africa was rapid and dangerous, but it did not destabilize,” said Matsidiso Moeti. Omkron beat its predecessor Delta in just two weeks. However, the epidemic still poses a major challenge to Africa, which can be met with the Covid-19 vaccine. The next wave may not be so calm.
According to experts, the rapid spread of Omicron in Africa did not cause as much havoc as its older variants Beta and Delta, but it is no less deadly. However, the news of relief is that the number of cases registered in South Africa last week has come down by 14 per cent as compared to the beginning. In a statement issued on Thursday, the WHO said, “After a six-week boom, Africa’s fourth epidemic is now weakening.” Meanwhile, WHO Director-General Tedros Adanom Ghebraussus expressed concern that although more than 9.4 billion doses of the vaccine have now been administered globally, 90 countries may have 40 of their own by the end of last year. Percentage of population failing to reach immunization target and 36 out of 36. Those countries have not yet vaccinated 10% of their population.
Fourth wave of coronavirus in Africa is now weakening, WHO reports relief
Story First Published: Friday, January 14, 2022, 11:37 [IST]