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Posted: Friday, November 6, 2020. 3:12 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Keep calm, says the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)’s Assistant Director Dr. Jarbas Barbosa: Despite rising infections, countries must persevere in maintaining public measures to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

At a press briefing today, Dr. Barbosa noted that “Chile, for example, has been able to reduce its rates of infection four-fold since July. Similarly, Paraguay has also reduced trends since September after experiencing a peak in infections. And while Uruguay has experienced clusters of cases, it has been able to avoid community transmission.”

“This underscores why it is so important that national and local authorities implement all necessary public health measures, and why all of us must continue to take individual precautions – Because they work. But it is vital that we maintain this collective effort to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our health care systems until the end of the pandemic,” Dr. Barbosa said.

The Americas has seen more than 20 million infected with COVID-19 from the start of the pandemic, and 650 thousand dead. The region is home to more than 25 percent of cases and 33 percent of deaths worldwide.

In the last week, nearly one million new infections were reported in the Americas, “making it one of the worst weeks on record for COVID-19 infections in our region.”

 

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