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Pan American Health Organization: “Almost 500 pregnant women have died of COVID-19 in the Americas”

Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2020. 2:43 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)’s latest report indicates that over 60,000 pregnant women have contracted COVID-19 in the Americas.

Four hundred and fifty-eight pregnant women have died due to complications associated with the virus.

PAHO is requesting that countries ensure prenatal care services as pregnant women are at increased risk of presenting with severe forms of COVID-19.

Since the start of the pandemic in the Americas, PAHO noted that 60,458 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported among pregnant women.

Data as of September 14 indicated that the highest number of deaths were reported by Mexico, with 140 deaths among 5,574 cases in pregnant and postpartum women, followed by Brazil, with 135 deaths in 2,256 women who had COVID-19.

The United States had 44 deaths among 20.798 women, Colombia reported 40 deaths in 2,726 pregnant women, and Peru had 35 deaths among 19,909 pregnant and postpartum women.

Panama had 8 deaths in 525 pregnant women, showing the highest maternal mortality ration of 10.1 of the countries reporting.

PAHO has asked countries in the Americas to step up efforts to ensure access to prenatal care services for pregnant women, noting “Recently published results and studies based on COVID-19 surveillance data have indicated an increased risk among pregnant women of presenting with severe forms of COVID-19 and, therefore, of being hospitalized and admitted to intensive care units.”

PAHO’s recent epidemiological update noted that 2,619,938 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 74,670 deaths, have been reported in the Region of the Americas, representing a 21% increase in cases and a 17% increase in deaths since August 26.

The highest increase in cases was observed in Central America, with a 28% increase in cases and a 22% increase in deaths, followed by South America, with a 26% increase in cases and a 23% increase in deaths.

The Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean Islands reported a 24% increase in cases and a 34% increase in deaths, while North America, which includes the U.S., Canada and Mexico, showed a 16% increase in cases and a 12% increase in deaths, the report said.

 

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