Covid-19 circumstances and deaths are plateauing at an alarming excessive ranges within the Americas, the Pan American Well being Group (PAHO) director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, stated Wednesday.
Final week, the area reported over 1.2 million new Covid-19 circumstances and 31,000 deaths, figures that stay unchanged over the previous couple of weeks, Etienne stated.
“Latin American international locations additionally represented the highest 5 highest mortality charges worldwide” final week, Etienne additionally warned.
Throughout PAHO’s weekly briefing and assessing the pandemic’s evolution, Etienne highlighted Cuba after it continues to report vital new infections.
Central American international locations reminiscent of Costa Rica, Panama and Belize are additionally seeing spikes in addition to Honduras “the place ICU beds are over 80% capability,” Etienne stated.
“We’re additionally involved about growing tendencies and hospitalizations in Haiti,” Etienne informed reporters
In South America, whereas international locations reminiscent of Chile, Peru and Paraguay have reported declines in new circumstances, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil are seeing new circumstances on the rise. Bolivia has additionally reported “a drastic improve in circumstances and deaths,” Etienne defined.
Requested concerning the presence of the Indian variant throughout the area, PAHO’s Incident Supervisor Sylvain Aldighieri stated circumstances have been detected in 10 international locations in North, Central and South America and largely linked with worldwide vacationers.
Concerning the sluggish vaccination rollout within the Americas, PAHO’s director urged as soon as once more the worldwide neighborhood to assist develop the area’s vaccine protection.
“In our area of almost 700 million folks, simply 37 million have been absolutely vaccinated towards Covid. I hope you agree that that is fully unacceptable,” Etienne said.