The Government of Ghana will on Sunday 28th November 2021, announce additional
measures as part of its Covid-19 response to control the risk of escalated spread of the
virus ahead of the Christmas festivities.
The measures will focus on securing Ghana’s ports, especially the airport, in the wake of a
possible fourth wave in Europe and South Africa.
The Government will also use the opportunity to update the country on the progress of its Covid-19 ID Vaccination Program.
The media engagement will be telecast live on Ghana Television and the Facebook page of the Ministry of Information.
UPDATE ON THE 4TH WAVE: 11 African countries hit by 4th wave of coronavirus
Eleven African countries are experiencing or have experienced the fourth wave of coronavirus, the head of Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Thursday.
In his weekly virtual press briefing, John Nkengasong, the center’s director, said these countries are Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Eritrea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Somalia and Tunisia.
He said Mauritius has actually been hit by a fifth wave, adding that “the waves will continue unless we scale-up vaccinations and maintain a good public health practice.”
Nkengasong said the continent, which has 54 countries, has received 403 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, but only 55% of them, or 221 million, have been administered.
Only 6.6% of Africa’s population of over 1.2 billion is fully vaccinated, meaning Africa is far from reaching the aim of fully vaccinating 70% of people by the end of 2022, he added.
“What we are seeing now is a lot more vaccines coming in and the uptake is challenged because of the logistics and delivery,” said the head of the public health agency of the African Union.
He said some countries in Africa, however, are making good progress in terms of vaccination, i.e. Morocco has fully vaccinated 61% of its population, followed by Tunisia 33%, Egypt 12% and Algeria 11%.
Africa has so far recorded 8.6 million infections, while the death toll from the virus has crossed 222,000.
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