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The World Health Organisation says COVID-19 cases in Africa increased by 52% in the last week.

The WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus Ghebreyesus, disclosed this on Friday at a COVID-19 news briefing at WHO headquarters in Geneva.

The DG noted that deaths in Africa have also increased by 32 percent and added that the situation is expected to worsen.

“And we expect things to only get worse; less than one per cent of Africa’s population has been vaccinated.

“Vaccines donated next year will be far too late for those who are dying today, or being infected today or at risk today.”

The WHO chief said millions more COVID vaccines needed to be donated now to save lives and help the UN health agency reach the key global target.

“More vaccines need to be donated to help the global health body to reach the key global target of having 70 per cent of all national populations vaccinated by the middle of 2022.

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