DAKAR, 28 July 2021 – A spike in COVID-19 infections in Senegal has hospitals running at full capacity or close to being overwhelmed, officials warned Monday.

Over the last month, daily cases of confirmed infections have risen from a few dozen a day to nearly 2,000 confirmed infections a day.

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Senegal Only One of Many African Countires Badly Hit by COVID-19 - Photo The Telegraph

Senegal is One of Many African Countries Hit by COVID-19 – Photo The Telegraph

Hospitals in the country’s capital, Dakar, are among the most overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients, with 99 percent of the town’s hospital beds occupied.

The BBC cited a public health official as saying medical staff in Dakar are burnt out.

Senegal lifted restrictions on mass gatherings and on other guidelines after protests against COVID-19 guidelines degenerated into riots last March.

Only Six Percent of Senegal's 16 Million Inhabitants are Vaccinated - Photo VOX

Six Percent of Senegal’s 16 Million Inhabitants Inoculated – Photo VOX

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President Macky Sall Expected to Reinstate COVID-19 Restrictions – Upstream Online

The president of the West African nation, Macky Sall, is expected to reinstate a curfew which was lifted when Senegal thought it had a handle on the pandemic.

President Macky Sall is also expected to announce stricter COVID-19 restrictions as cases of the infection from the Delta variant, first detected in India, explode in the country.

As of Tuesday, Senegal had confirmed a total of 57,881 COVID-19 cases, including at least 1,286 fatalities and 45,479 cases of full recoveries from the pandemic.

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