If the country has been spared relatively with 23,000 cases and less than 140 deaths recorded since the pandemic started, the poor numbers in recent days are worrying. However, it is still too early to talk about another wave.
as reported from Abidjan, Pierre Pinto
With more than 800 cases in a week (including 210 registered on Thursday alone), the increase in the number of cases observed since the end of December continues. In fact, the degree of positivity that has been maintained in recent months below 5%, the threshold that allows the epidemic to be considered under control, has risen steadily over it for a few days.
The reason that the government relied on: “the massive arrival of holidaymakers from Europe, the festive gatherings at the end of the year” or non-compliance with barriers. Masks have also become rare on faces in the streets of Abidjan.
However, it is too early to talk about another wave at the moment. The figures for the last few days have not yet reached the level of the peak of June-July, where the number of cases found fluctuated between 200 and 400 per. Day.
Côte d’Ivoire plans to vaccinate five million people in the long term, 20% of the populationand planned to launch its vaccination campaign in April. But this week, the Ministry of Health was instructed to buy 200,000 doses very quickly to vaccinate 100,000 “vulnerable or vulnerable” people as of February.