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Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2020. 5:16 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has confirmed that in the last week alone, the Americas reported nearly 1.5 million cases and 19,000 deaths due to COVID-19.

Since the pandemic began, more than 23 million people have been infected with COVID in our region and more than 680,000 have died as a result of the virus, PAHO Assistant Director Dr. Jarbas Barbosa told reporters at a virtual press briefing on Wednesday.

North America – the United States, Mexico, and Canada – “remains a significant driver of new infections,” and in Central America, the COVID response is being affected by Hurricanes Eta and Iota. In most Andean countries, cases have decreased, although Brazil is seeing increases in cases and deaths in some states and Uruguay, the only country with cluster transmission has seen spikes in some areas of its border with Brazil, Barbosa explained.

The United States reached a quarter-million deaths this week as the political tussle between President Donald Trump and successor Joe Biden stymies efforts to coordinate the response to the virus, among other things.

“It is clear that as this virus continues to actively spread in our region, countries must remain vigilant. Every country must continue to monitor their epidemic situation and should new infections arise, they must adapt their responses quickly to prevent further outbreaks,” Dr. Barbosa said.

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