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COVID-19 in the Americas: Infections up 20 percent in past week

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Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2021. 12:16 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is reporting a 20 percent increase in infections from COVID-19 in the past week alone, even as the numbers decline elsewhere.

In total, 1.4 million cases and 23,300 COVID-related deaths were reported in the Americas in the past week.

Cases have risen by a third in North America due to increases in the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. is reporting more than 100,000 new daily infections for the first time since January. Infections are rising in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Belize, and many hospitals are “completely saturated” with COVID-19 patients, reports director Dr. Carissa Etienne.

Infections generally have slowed in the Caribbean. However, Grenada, Barbados, and Bermuda are reporting sharp increases, and Jamaica experienced its highest weekly infections since the beginning of the pandemic. Meanwhile, most South American countries continue to report declines in infections and deaths.

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