Responding to the Second Wave of COVID-19 in Africa
The number of new COVID-19 cases being reported daily in the months of July and August in Africa declined rapidly. This trend reversed during the month of October with many countries now experiencing either their first major increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases or their second wave of the pandemic.
As the pandemic continues to evolve across Africa, there is a need for African Union Member States to re-evaluate, re-strategize, and re-invigorate their COVID-19 response activities across the continent to ensure their countries are prepared to handle an inevitable second, and potentially third wave of cases.
In an effort to limit transmission and achieve pandemic control on the continent, Africa CDC is proposing the following measures to be taken by all Member States:
Countries should adapt or adopt best practices, strategies, guidelines and recommendations proposed by the Africa CDC and World Health Organization (WHO), aimed at limiting transmission. Measures taken should strike a balance between saving lives and minimizing the impact of the pandemic on the economy and social wellbeing of citizens.