8,000 health workers infected with COVID-19 in Africa – WHO

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NO fewer than 8,000 health workers have been infected with COVID-19 in the Africa Region. World Health Organisation (WHO) says.

  WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, disclosed this on its official Twitter account @WHOAFRO on Tuesday.

“This is why Infection Prevention Control (IPC) awareness is vital for all. WHO and partners have trained more than 50,000 health workers to protect themselves and patients. The organisation aims to reach over 200,000 in 2020,” it said.

South Africa is the hardest-hit country by COVID-19 with 287,796 confirmed cases and 4,172 deaths, followed by Nigeria with 33,153 cases and 774 deaths while Ghana reported 24,988 cases with 139 deaths.

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Meanwhile, the WHO Africa weekly bulletin on outbreaks and other emergencies for week 28, which cover July 6 to July 12 and focused on COVID-19, stated the rising cases of the virus in Ghana.

It said Ghana had the third highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region in the period, but still fewer deaths.

“However, as with many other countries in the region, lockdown regulations started to be relaxed in mid-June 2020, allowing schools and universities to re-open, and gatherings of up to 100 people for funerals and weddings.

“At the same time, there is a rise in numbers of confirmed cases, including at senior high schools.

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 “Community engagement and risk communication around physical distancing, the use of cloth masks in public and hand hygiene is now vital in order to stem this rise in transmission,” WHO said.

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