Increase testing, sequencing of new COVID-19 variants, WHO charges African nations

As total number of cases in region hit 3 million

By Sola Ogundipe

Amidst the emerging cases of new COVID-19 variants, the World Health Organisation, WHO, has charged African governments to step up their testing and sequencing efforts in order to enable quick spotting, tracking and tackling of the variants as soon as they appear.

The call came as the cumulative COVID-19 cases in Africa topped three million with daily case numbers exceeding the first wave peak.

Making the call on Thursday, the World Health Organisation, WHO, Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said revamped public health measures are ever more critical to avert a runaway surge in infections that could stretch health facilities to the breaking point.

“We call on all countries to increase testing…

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