Senegal is facing a third wave of contamination that is very virulent. The Delta variant has brought down health structures, and the number of infected people a day continues to grow. Despite the call of the Ministry of Health and Social Action to respect the barrier measures, hospitals are on the verge of saturation with an increase in deaths related to the disease. On Thursday 29 July 2021, for example, Senegal recorded 884 new infections with 11 deaths the day before.
The Delta variant, previously known as the Indian variant, is now known to all Senegalese. The third wave of the pandemic in Senegal is more contagious and deadly.The government has lost control of the situation despite calls for compliance with barriers such as hand washing, wearing a mask, physical distancing and the use of hydroalcoholic gel. To date (Thursday, July 28), 60172 cases have been declared positive, including 46421 cured and 1318 deceased. 12430 patients are on treatment in the different centers of the country.
The President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall, urged the population to avoid all forms of gatherings and to constantly wear the mask in order to protect themselves and others. Restrictive measures that the Senegalese had gradually neglected, which undoubtedly contributed to the increase in the number of cases registered.
The director of Iressef (the Institute for Health Research, Epidemiological Surveillance and Training), Professor Souleymane Mboup, is calling for more vigilance in the face of this third deadly wave. With this epidemic we really felt tired, which is normal. At a certain point, there were measures that everyone respected. As the pandemic progressed, especially at the end of the second wave, there was a sense of slackening,’ the scientist pointed out.