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Africa Reaches 100,000 Known COVID-19 Deaths As Danger Grows

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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2021, file photo, a health worker disinfects family members during a burial of a person who died from COVID-19, in Harare, Zimbabwe. Africa has surpassed 100,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 as the continent praised for its early response to the pandemic now struggles with a dangerous resurgence and medical oxygen often runs desperately short. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

(AP) — Africa has surpassed 100,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19. The continent was praised for its early response to the pandemic but now struggles with a dangerous resurgence, and medical oxygen often runs desperately short.

The 54-nation continent of some 1.3 billion people has barely seen the arrival of large-scale supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, and a variant of the virus dominant in South Africa is already posing a challenge to vaccination efforts.

Health officials who breathed a sigh of relief last year when African countries did not see a huge number of COVID-19 deaths are now reporting a jump in fatalities.

 

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