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PAHO: 5 million COVID-19 cases recorded in 1 week in the Americas


Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2020. 10:14 am CST.

By BBN Staff: In only one week, the Americas recorded 5 million new COVID-19 cases, the majority reported in the US and Canada, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday.

Over 31 million cases and 787,000 deaths have been reported in the Americas region, CTV news reports.

“In the last week alone, there were nearly five million new COVID-19 infections reported – most in North America, where Canada and the US continue to be the principal drivers of new cases,” PAHO director Carissa Etienne said.

Hospitalizations are increasing in Canada raising concerns of capacity.

Deaths in the US have surpassed 300,000 that emphasizes the human crisis of COVID-19.

PAHO said that increasing numbers are being seen in Belize and Panama.

Fewer infections were being reported in Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala.

PAHO also registered concern over the increase in cases in Brazil.


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