COVID-19 cases increase by 23% in America, mostly in North America – Health Authority

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BRAZIL, Nov 24 (Reuters) – New cases of covid-19 have increased by 23% in the United States in the past week, mostly in North America where both the United States and Canada report increasing incidence of infections, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday. so that the region can face a relapse as in Europe.

Canada’s Yukon and northwestern territories saw a two- to three-fold increase in new infections in the past week, it said.

In Central America, on the other hand, the number of new infections has decreased by 37%. In South America, almost all countries except Brazil, Suriname and Venezuela report an increasing incidence of covid-19. The biggest jumps were in Ecuador and Paraguay, said PAHO.

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Cases increased by 400% in Bolivia’s Santa Cruz department after recent strikes and protests prevented people from accessing covid-19 vaccination and test sites, the health authority said.

“Although cases have decreased significantly in recent months, covid transmission is still active in our region, so every time we lower our guard, the virus picks up speed,” said PAHO Director Carissa Etienne.

Etienne warned that the experience from Europe, where many countries have reported a record number of new cases in recent weeks, could be a window into the future of America.

While 51% of people in Latin America and the Caribbean have been fully vaccinated against covid-19, there are 19 countries where vaccination coverage is below 40% of the population.

PAHO said the fall increases are mainly in densely populated areas where preventive measures have been lifted or eased.

With the approaching holiday season and summer holidays in the southern hemisphere, Etienne urged people to continue wearing masks and maintain social distance.

“Our region saw great hope in new cases after last year’s holiday period and it took months for countries to reduce the incidence of new cases,” she said.

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Reporting by Anthony Boadle. Edited by Bill Berkrot

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