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The Americas reports world´s highest increase in Covid-19 cases

The Americas reports world´s highest increase in Covid-19 cases

Washington, Jan 1 (Prensa Latina) The Americas has begun 2022 reporting the highest increase in Covid-19 cases worldwide, as the media focused mainly on Europe due to the spread of the new omicron variant across the continent.

Latest data released by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) revealed a 50% rise in Covid-19 cases reported, more than half of nations and territories reporting over 20%, while the region´s death toll jumped to 11%.

From December 19 and 25, the United States has been the country that has reported the highest Covid-19 figures, followed by Canada and Argentina, while Central American nations have informed a rise in coronavirus infections, except for Panama and Belize.

Bolivia, on the other hand, led the Dec. 19-25 week in the increased cases in the Andean area (La Paz, Oruro and Potosí Departments). Colombia, Ecuador and Peru also reported rises in coronavirus cases in the southern cone; while Paraguay and Uruguay reported a similar trend.

The Covid-19 figures surged in the Caribbean, while Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica reported significant rises compared to previous seven days.

The new Omicron variant, classed as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO), was reported in 27 countries and territories in the Americas.

Given such a scenario, and in view of holidays, PAHO urged to speed up the vaccination campaign to fight Covid-19 and to go on rolling out public health protocols and measures.

To reduce omicron transmission, PAHO reaffirmed the significance of wearing well-fitting face masks, social distancing, ventilation in indoor places, avoiding crowds and constant hand-washing.


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