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COVID-19 surge in Port Sudan linked to Delta variant

Having reported an unexpected rise in number of registered COVID-19 cases in Port Sudan, the local health officials suspect that the rise was caused by the delta variant.

AlTaghyeer: Agencies

According to Voice of America, the health authorities in Port Sudan have confirmed that 140 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded over the past week.

The symptoms appearing in new cases appear to be slightly different from those previously identified in previous waves, which caused the health officials to suspect this new wave could be linked to the delta variant.

The VOA report mentioned that the health workers in the Red Sea state recorded “at least 60 COVID-19-related deaths in the past two months, about the same amount recorded during the entire six-month period of the first wave.”

Two weeks ago the director general of the state’s health sector, Zaafaran al-Zaki, spoke to AlTaghyeer after a hand grenade had exploded inside an athletic club in Port Sudan.

 Zaafaran mentioned in her statements that the return of COVID-19 had left state officials worried that the many people seeking empty beds or isolation centers nearby would not be able to find any.

The Minister of Health in charge had complained about the acute shortage of anesthetics for operations, and further explained that the red Sea state was suffering from a shortage of medical personnel.

Last June, the Khartoum state authorities had confirmed that the number of daily COVID-19 cases reported had been in decline.

 The Federal Health Ministry in Sudan had reported earlier this month that nearly a million people were vaccinated nationwide, and revealed plans to import 4 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine.

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