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COVID cases fluctuate across Pan Am region


RACHELLE AGARD

COVID cases fluctuate across Pan Am region
Dr Carissa Etienne (FILE)

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While COVID positive cases are down nearly 20 per cent from last week, many countries, including the United States of America, are seeing a resurgence of infections.

That is according to director of the Pan American Health Organisation, Dr Clarissa Etienne, who was delivering remarks during a media briefing earlier today.

“This week alone the region has reported nearly 74 million cases of the COVID-19 virus, and 1.9 million deaths, accounting for more than one third of COVID cases and more than 40 per cent of deaths reported worldwide this week,” she said.

Many Central American nations are also seeing new cases including El Salvador where a consistent increase in daily cases was noted between late June and early July. Similarly, in Guatemala, at a departmental level, there were surges in COVID deaths in the past two weeks.

In North America, the United States of America and Mexico are reporting an increase in new infections across most states.

COVID infections, hospitalisations and deaths are dropping across most of the continent including Brazil, Peru, Paraguay and Chile.

Etienne once again sounded the call for countries to vaccinate as many of their citizens as they can, as they sought to reduce numbers across the globe.  (RA)