Africa must brace for a “second wave” of the coronavirus as cases surge in Europe and some African countries see their own caseloads “creeping up”, the head of the continent’s public health agency said Thursday. The AFP reports that “The time to prepare for the second wave is truly now,” John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, told a press conference. Despite early worries that the pandemic would devastate the region, the African Union’s 55 member states have so far recorded around 1.7 million cases, representing just 3.9% of the global total, according to Africa CDC.