Responding to the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, the African Centers for Disease Control (CDC) called on all African countries to adopt best practices, strategies, guidelines and recommendations for controlling the Covid-19 epidemic.
During the emergency response meeting, the African CDC said that the measures taken should be balanced between saving lives, “minimizing the impact of the epidemic on the economy, and on the social welfare of its citizens.”
According to them, Countries should take steps, such as strengthening surveillance systems, to quickly identify and isolate new cases, as well as to monitor trends, to respond to efforts, to provide additional evidence, to obtain the knowledge needed to make informed decisions, to redistribute resources, where they belong, are most needed.
Countries should promote partnerships to accelerate Covid-19 testing (PACT) by ensuring that trials are conducted, cases are isolated, cared for, liaisons are maintained, and health systems are strengthened to address all health challenges, in particular the delivery of essential health services.
The Africa CDC says the measures are meant to limit transmission and achieve pandemic control on the continent as many African countries are now experiencing either their first major increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases or their second wave of the pandemic.
According to the World Health Organization, global statistics of the pandemic released as of December 6 show that there have been 65 870 030 confirmed cases of Covid-19 including 1 523 583 deaths.
On the other hand, according to Africa CDC, Africa recorded 2 261 589 cases, deaths cases stood at 53 853 whilst recovery cases were at 1 927 697 as at the same date.
By December 7, Zimbabwe has recorded 10,420 positive cases, 280 deaths and 8,754 recoveries.
As of today, the total number of confirmed #COVID19 cases in South Africa is 817 878, the total number of deaths is 22 249 and the total number of recoveries is 745 750.
This was made known by the South African health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize on Tuesday morning while briefing newsmen through his official social media page.
— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) December 7, 2020