BUJUMBURA February 10th (ABP) – The average daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases over the past 28 days was 74 new cases reported against 474 new cases over the previous 28 days, a significant drop of 542.9%, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS released on the 5th.
Despite the significant drop in the number of new cases after the peak of December 31, 2021 with 1065 cases reported in one day, the active circulation of the coronavirus persists in the country. Indeed, the thirty-two (32) new community cases detected in the last 24 hours came from ten (10) distinct districts out of the 48 in the country spread over nine (9) health provinces.
With regard to the weekly evolution of new confirmed cases reported to new tests carried out, during the last 4 weeks (last 28 days), there were a total of 2064 new community cases of Covid-19 reported while 13270 cases were reported. in the previous 4 weeks; a decrease of 84.4%.
During the same period, the average number of tests carried out is 3,285 per day compared to 12,769 tests per day during the previous 4 weeks, a decrease of 288.8% (4 times less). Overall, the total number of drug tests performed in the last 4 weeks has seen a drop of 74.3%; i.e., 91,966 tests against 357,532 tests in the previous 4 weeks.
Regarding vaccination, the goal in Africa is for each country to vaccinate 70% of its people by mid-2022, according to the Ministry of Public Health. On February 4, 2022, there were no vaccination data reported.
Among the cumulative 37,742 cases of Covid-19 reported since the appearance of Covid-19 in Burundi, there are 34,408 cases (91.17%) which are of community origin and 3,334 cases (8.83%) imported detected in level of entry points.
During the same day, thirty-four (34) districts out of the 48 in the country reported screening results, ten (10) of which recorded at least 1 confirmed case of Covid-19, i.e., a positivity rate of 2, 08%.
As major challenges, they note the regular holding of coordination meetings of the technical sub-committees of the 10 pillars of the response to analyze the interventions that are implemented, the intensification of communication and awareness of the population to compliance with barrier measures and voluntary testing, strengthening surveillance at entry points with the spread of the new Omicron variant.
Other challenges are updating the care protocol with reference to new WHO technical guidelines and increasing the rate of vaccination coverage against Covid-19 at the national level, through the decentralization of sites. of vaccination and the intensification of communication around national vaccination to increase demand.