The number of cases in the Americas increased by 23% last week, but most cases occurred in the United States and Canada.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) stated that the new coronavirus infection rate in the Americas rose by 23% last week and warned that the region may follow the trend in Europe. In the case of a surge in cases, several countries in Europe are implementing Blockade measures.
PAHO Director Carissa Etienne said that there were 880,583 new cases of COVID-19 infection in the Americas in the past week and more than 15,000 deaths.
Etienne said that most of the new cases are caused by the rise in the number of infections in the United States and Canada. She said that in Central America, the number of new infections has decreased by 37%.
In this pandemic, Europe has always been a window to the future of the Americas🪟.
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“These trends are very convincing,” Etienne said at the weekly news conference. She said: “Despite the sharp decline in COVID cases in the past few months, the spread of COVID in our region is still very active, so every time we relax our vigilance, the virus gains momentum.”
Update is coming Europe It is widely regarded as a harbinger of the global trend of a pandemic-new lockdown measures are being implemented, as new infection rates in some countries have set a record.
Etienne said: “During this pandemic, Europe has always been a window into the future for the Americas.” “A few weeks later, we have seen again and again how the infection dynamics in Europe are reflected here.”
The risk is particularly high in the United States, where the number of deaths due to the new crown virus has exceeded 770,000, more than any other country in the world. According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, Brazil ranks second with more than 600,000 deaths.
As the U.S. enters Colder winter And it is expected that many Americans will travel during the holidays and hold large-scale family gatherings. Officials are increasingly worried that the country will begin to see the rapid spread of new infections again, and hospitals will be overwhelmed.
Local media reported that air travel is expected to approach pre-pandemic levels before the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.
according to official dataCompared with last week, the number of coronavirus cases in the United States has increased by 16%, and the number of hospitalizations has increased by 5%. At the same time, the death toll fell by 2.4%.
Etienne said that with the exception of Brazil, Suriname and Venezuela, every country in South America has reported increasing cases, with Ecuador and Paraguay experiencing the largest increase.
At the same time, in the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago is experiencing the highest rate of COVID-19 in history, and hospitals are reported to be close to full capacity.
Etienne said that the increase in cases in Europe and the Americas is mainly due to the relaxation of public health measures, Delta variants and “a large number of unvaccinated people.”
Misinformation contributes to vaccine resistance, and Limited doses available In poorer countries in the region, vaccination work in the region is hampered.
She said that in Latin America and the Caribbean, 51% of people are fully vaccinated, adding that 19 countries have not yet reached the 40% level.
PAHO’s goal is to vaccinate 70% of the population of every country in the Americas by mid-2022.