Thursday, December 9

PAHO celebrates the lowest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the Americas in more than a year

The deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Jarbas Barbosa, reported that the continent reported during the last week its lowest number of infections and deaths from coronavirus in more than a year.

Barbosa assured that the figures allow us to be “optimistic”, but that, nevertheless, it is necessary to “remain alert”.

In the last week, 800,000 new COVID-19 infections were reported in America and 18,000 virus-related deaths.

Countries of concern

Although infections and deaths are declining, Barbosa said that there are still exceptions such as Belize, Paraguay and some small islands in the Caribbean (Saint Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, Anguilla and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines), where increases have been reported.

The deputy director also indicated that more than half of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean is still unvaccinated, although almost 44% of the population on the continent has completed their immunization scheme.

“And while our region has done a great job of accelerating immunization coverage in just a few months, more than half of the people in Latin America and the Caribbean remain unprotectedHe explained.

In Guatemala, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Haiti, less than 20% of people have completed their vaccination schedule.

“But the good news is that more than three million doses will reach our region through COVAX this week.. And deliveries are expected to accelerate in these last months of the year, ”said Barbosa.

Voice of America (VOA)