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Ivory Coast authorities warn about the acceleration of contaminations

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                In the country, the positivity rate is high.  That is to say that out of the total of the tests carried out, a large number are found to be positive for Covid-19.  The situation is not yet critical in hospitals, but the epidemic is there and it is affecting more and more Ivorians.

                                    <p><em>With our correspondent in Abidjan</em>, <strong>Pierre Pinto</strong>

Of five deaths recorded in December, the country has counted 17 in january, 35 in February and 30 dead since the beginning of March. In total, officially, 222 people have died from Covid-19 in Côte d’Ivoire since the onset of the disease.

This increase in deaths is the result of an outbreak of contaminations: 5,500 new cases in the last two weeks out of more than 42,000 tests analyzed, ie an average positivity rate of 12% with peaks sometimes having exceeded 19%. Several combined causes explain this situation, comments Edith Kouassi, technical advisor at the Ministry of Health and Hygiene.

We have a little ” give up »

« Everyone gave up a bit, all circles. And we are paying it. In mid-December, it was the December holidays; then there were other events like Valentine’s Day, there were political events. And if in these gatherings people do not take precautions, the virus is circulating. And we also have a micro-suspicion of the English variant which is more among young people. You see that, more and more, in schools, there are cases of contamination. We are not yet in saturation, we do not want it and that is why we insist that the barrier measures be respected. These measures are effective », Confirms Edith Kouassi.

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For his part, vaccination is ongoing. The campaign is currently targeting health workers, defense and security forces, but also people over 50 and chronically ill people. In three weeks, only 25,000 people received their first dose of AstraZeneca. A fairly slow pace, which slowed down at the end of last week after the temporary suspension of vaccinations with this serum in Europe.

Read also : Covid-19: Côte d’Ivoire launches its vaccination campaign


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