The World Health Organization says the majority of African countries have now reached and moved past their third-wave peaks of the covid-19 pandemic.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says the over-all rate of new infections have shown a decrease of almost 25%.

Moeti says the Delta-variant remains the main driver behind new infections recorded across Africa.

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The Delta variant is now the biggest driving-force behind the increase in Covid-19 infections among Western Cape teenagers.

According to Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete an increase in infections among young people were reported when schools opened for the third-term.

He says this increase was expected because schools were closed during the first & second waves.

Cloete says the majority of teenagers contract the virus during social gatherings after school and on weekends.

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The Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine protected between 91 and 96% of healthcare workers against death.

This, according to researchers heading the Sisonke Covid-19 vaccine study, which was piloted here in South Africa.

According to co-lead investigator, professor Glenda Gray, the study was rolled-out to just under 500-thousand healthcare workers at 120 health-care sites.

Gray says the vaccine also proved to be effective against the Delta-variant of Covid-19.

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The Western Cape Head of Health, Dr Keith Cloete says even though the province’s infection-rate is starting to flatten, hospitalizations will, for the next few weeks, continue to increase as Covid-19 complications gradually manifests in patients.

He says this is a phenomenon that was seen in both the first and second waves of the pandemic, which gives healthcare workers time to prepare for an increase in hospitalizations after the infection-rate starts decreasing.

Cloete warns residents to maintain their vigilance, saying that we are not out of the woods yet.

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With the third wave of Covid-19 now pushing Africa’s cumulative infections to a record 6-million, the continent is still months away from any form of normalcy.

This according to the World Health Organization which says that more vaccines are urgently needed for Africa to stave off a devastating wave of Covid-related deaths.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says over the past month alone, the continent recorded an additional 1-million new Covid-infections.

She says oxygen-supply on the continent is also now under severe strain.

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