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.
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.
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.