The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned that coronavirus infections increased 23% in the last week throughout America. The agency registered 880,583 cases and more than 15,000 deaths, the majority being in United States and Canada, but with peaks in Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay.
“These trends are revealing,” the PAHO Director said at a press conference. Carissa Etienne.
On South America incidence increased in almost all countries except in Brazil, Suriname and Venezuela.
The most striking cases are those of Ecuador, Paraguay and Bolivia, with an increase of 400% in the department of Santa Cruz.
In Colombia they reported an increase in cases and hospitalizations, especially in young people.
New cases were also registered in Chile and Argentina.
In Central America, infections fell by 37%, although there was growth in Barbados, the Cayman Islands and the Dominican Republic.
“Even though Covid-19 cases have dropped significantly in recent months, transmission is still active in our region, so every time we let our guard down, the virus gains momentum,” Etienne said, pointing to the risk. that represent the end of the year parties and summer vacations.
Etienne gave the example of Europe, where anti-vaccine movements and a relaxation of prevention measures generated a rise in cases, causing new restrictions in the countries.
“Throughout this pandemic, Europe has been a window into the future for the Americas. Time and again we have seen the dynamics of infection in Europe reflected here, several weeks later,” Etienne said.
“The future opens up before us and it should be a wake-up call for our region because we are even more vulnerable,” he added.
PAHO announced that 51% of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean is already fully vaccinated.
With regard to the nations that relaxed the measures to avoid contagions, Etienne affirmed that it is “a worrying combination.”
“Now that the festive season at the end of the year is approaching, get vaccinated, limit yourself to small meetings and remember to wear a mask and respect physical distance, especially indoors,” urged the director of the agency.