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Despite recession in new cases, struggles continue for ‘overburdened’ health systems: says Pan American Health Organization
February 10, 2022
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Latin America and Caribbean not yet over latest COVID wave

Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2022. 11:44 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr. Carissa Etienne made note that even with a 31 percent reduction in infections from COVID-19, the region remains in the grip of the latest COVID-19 wave and urged countries to harness the lessons learned from the pandemic so far as clinics and hospitals once again become full.

33,000 new deaths were also recorded as the PAHO Director said one trend stands out concerning the current COVID-19 situation: “Countries with higher vaccination coverage are seeing lower ICU admissions and deaths.”

She also reported that in North America, new infections and deaths decreased in all three countries.

Infections are also slowing down in Central and South America, but deaths continue to rise in these areas. Hospitalizations are also rising in most Southern Cone countries.

In the Caribbean, with the exceptions of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica, which has seen a spike in new infections, cases have begun to slow down. Deaths, however, continue to climb.

 

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