By Aaron Humes: A surge in the United States has particularly driven the rise in new infections of COVID-19 in North America, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
More than half of the region’s new infections were reported in North America as cases have been climbing for seven weeks.
In Central America, COVID-19 cases have increased by 80 percent, and cases have also spiked in countries across South America.
In the Caribbean, new infections have been on the rise for five consecutive weeks, with a 9.3 percent increase in cases and a 49 percent increase in deaths.
As the world’s highest health authorities meet next week for the World Health Assembly in Geneva to determine the global priorities for public health, PAHO Director Dr. Carissa Etienne said that health emergencies will remain top of the agenda.
“We must take what we learned from past emergencies to shape a future where our health systems and leadership are better prepared to face the next challenge,” she said. “The better prepared our health systems are, the less lives we lose and the stronger and more resilient our societies become.”