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The Region of the Americas exceeds 100 million COVID-19 cases

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PAHO data shows that COVID-19 cases continue to rise in North America, driven by the United States. The Omicron variant has been reported in 19 countries and territories.

Washington, DC, December 22, 2021 (PAHO) – The Region of the Americas has already exceeded 100 million cases of COVID-19, show the latest epidemiological data from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), with the United States promoting a 36% increase in cases in North America last week and parts of Central and South America reporting declines.

South America is showing an overall 10.7% drop in cases and a 6.3% reduction in deaths, PAHO epidemiologists noted. However, Bolivia reported a strong increase in cases, while cases also increased in Argentina and Ecuador.

In Central America, the countries continued with a downward trend in the number of cases, with a fall of 10.8%.

In the Caribbean, PAHO analysis showed that cases increased by 16%. Trinidad and Tobago continues to report an increase in cases, and while Barbados and the Cayman Islands reported large numbers of cases, they are now declining.

The Omicron variant has been reported in 19 countries and territories in the Americas: Argentina, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico . , Saint Martin, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States of America, where the Omicron variant is estimated to have accounted for 73% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus sequences last week.

PAHO continues to recommend vaccines and public health measures to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and stop the transmission of the virus. This includes wearing masks, keeping a physical distance from others, washing your hands frequently, and avoiding crowded spaces, especially indoors.

“These measures are effective against all variants, including Omicron,” PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne said recently. “Countries must maintain their public health measures to limit the transmission of the virus and adjust them according to the risks of local transmission,” he added.

Regarding the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, more than 868 million doses were administered in Latin America and the Caribbean. To date, approximately 57.3% of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean have completed their COVID-19 vaccination schedules.

PAHO projects that most of the countries in the region will have met or exceeded the WHO goal of vaccinating 40% of their eligible populations by the end of 2021. Current estimates are that Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Guatemala, Saint Lucia and Grenada may not meet this 40% coverage target.

To date, more than 75 million doses of vaccines have been delivered to 33 countries in the Region through the Covax mechanism, including 22 million donated doses. The PAHO Revolving Fund took care of the logistics for these deliveries and is working with countries to purchase vaccines directly from manufacturers.

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