Angola: Increase in coronavirus infections, hospitalisations and deaths as 2nd wave peaks

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Lubango central hospital in Angola is under pressure due to the growing number of patients, reporting the possible collapse of the system. In the Angolan province of Huíla, local health authorities are concerned with the increase in deaths and cases of Covid-19, especially since the beginning of May. The province recorded 14 deaths in the last seven days, an average of two a day, in addition to an increase in hospitalizations for serious and critical cases at the central hospital in Lubango.

In view of the worsening situation and the fear of collapse in the health system, local health authorities are reiterating calls to the population to redouble preventive measures and announced the opening of four new Covid-19 patient care centers in the municipalities of Chibia, Kuvango, Jamba and Cacula and thus try to stop the wear and tear in the largest hospital in the region. report from Angola


Uganda was the first country on the continent to confirm the presence of the B.1.617 variant first identified in India late last year.

This variant has now been reported in Kenya, Morocco, Algeria, South Africa, Botswana, Angola, DR Congo, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. report


India: The stunning rise of the B.1.617.2 [Delta] coronavirus variant


India: The stunning rise of the B.1.617.2 [Delta] coronavirus variant




Image by Erik Cleves Kristensen – View of Luanda, Angola, CC BY 2.0,

** This post was originally published on May 28, 2021 **