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West Africa is COVID-19 ‘dying central’

  • COVID-19 deaths in West Africa rise 193%
  • The WHO describes the situation in West Africa as “catastrophic”.
  • Ebola and Marburg virus make anti-COVID campaign difficult.

Deaths from the COVID-19 virus in West Africa rose 193%. The number of deaths peaked throughout the infection pandemic. The catastrophic situation was discussed at the recent World Health Organization (WHO) briefing.

WHO: West Africa is COVID-19 “death center”

WHO officials also identified new cases of acute Ebola and the Marburg virus, adding to the epidemiological situation. In addition, more and more cases of cholera and other dangerous diseases are recorded in West Africa.

There are particularly many outbreaks of infection in:

  • Ivory Coast
  • Guinea
  • Nigeria

The Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, commented on the situation: “The situation with COVID-19 is made even more complicated by the fact that patients with dangerous diseases have been identified in two countries around the world: Ebola fever in Côte d’Ivoire and Marburg fever in neighboring Guinea.”

In 2015, the WHO announced that it had eradicated polio, but an outbreak of the disease was discovered in Uganda on August 17 of that year. According to WHO officials, this was due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused vaccination rates against other viruses to decline.

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