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Cases of coronavirus in North Africa are “sharply declining”, AFP reports. The agency is looking into the situation in Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Libya, based on official figures it collected. The director of the Pasteur Institute in Tunisia, Hicham Loazir, a member of the country’s scientific committee on the epidemic, told AFP that up to 60% of the population could be fully vaccinated by October, adding that large numbers of infections were also infected. Enhanced levels of immunity. AFP figures show that over the past week, Tunisia vaccinated its population faster than any other African country, with 0.81% of the population receiving a dose each day. More than a quarter of Tunisians have been fully vaccinated. In the past seven days, there have been 342 deaths from the virus – a fifth of the death toll in the last week of July. Morocco Morocco has seen 13,800 deaths from Covid among its population of about 36 million, according to AFP figures. The Kingdom is ahead of its Maghreb neighbors in vaccinations, with the vaccination rate reaching 46.7%. Abdel Karim Meziane Belfakih, a health ministry official, said this week that infections had decreased for the fifth consecutive week. However, he warned, in statements carried by the official Moroccan News Agency, against “continuing high rates of critical cases and deaths.” The state postponed the start of the new school year to October 1 and launched a vaccination campaign among teenagers. ALGIERS – Algeria’s official death toll from COVID-19 is 5,650. In September, it announced a goal to vaccinate 70% of its population of 43.9 million by the end of the year. AFP figures show that this week, barely 13% of the population received their first vaccination, with less than 10% fully vaccinated. And 268 deaths were recorded in the first week of August, compared to 132 deaths in the past seven days. Authorities maintained a curfew but reopened beaches, entertainment venues and sports stadiums, with spectators required to show health permits. Weddings and political protests are still prohibited. Algeria relaunched international flights in June after being suspended for more than a year. Libya Libya has officially recorded 4,500 deaths among its population of 7 million. In the last week of July, it recorded 24,000 new cases and 204 deaths, but in the past seven days it recorded only a third of this number of infections, and 83 deaths. The country’s vaccination campaign got off to a slow start, but on August 11 a center opened in the capital, Tripoli, and another in the east of the country 10 days later – followed by a series of smaller centres. An AFP tally shows that just over 18% of Libyans received a first blow. But vaccines arrived in irregular batches, and only 2% of Libyans received the two full doses. Libyan health authorities noted a decrease in infections in the west after the border with neighboring Tunisia was closed on July 8. Borders reopened on Friday with strict health measures in place to prevent another surge in cases. The authorities fear that the eastern region of Libya will witness a similar rise with the increase in the number of cases in neighboring Egypt. Medical workers at a vaccination center in Tunis, on September 11, 2021. Photo: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock.


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