Rising Mortality As Africa Marks One Year of Covid-19

Deaths from Covid-19 in Africa have surged by 40% in January 2021, pushing Africa's death toll towards 100,000 since the first reported case on the continent on February 14, 2020. This comes as the continent battles new, more contagious variants and gears up for its largest-ever vaccination drive. This spike in mortality comes as Africa's second wave of cases, which began in October 2020, seemed to have peaked on January 6, 2021. The continent, one year later, faces the spread of new strains of virus. Variant 501Y.V2 (also known as B1.351), first detected in South Africa, and now eight African countries, while the VOC202012/01 variant (also known as B1.1.7) initially detected in the UK, has also been detected in six countries on the continent, according to the World Health Organisation. 

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