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COVID-19: Americas Accounted For Some 40% Of Global Deaths Last Week

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Nearly 40% of all global COVID-19 deaths countries reported last week happened in the Americas.

The Director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), made the disclosure at a press briefing on Wednesday.

Dr Carissa F. Etienne said it’s a clear signal that the region is far from controlling COVID-19 transmission.

At the same time she observed that countries like the US and Brazil are reporting reductions in cases.

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Etienne said in North America, Canada is seeing higher rates of infections than the US.

She said that is the case particularly across eastern Canada and the northern territory.

The area is home to a majority indigenous population.

And Etienne disclosed that Cuba continues to drive most new infections in the Caribbean.

However, she said  smaller countries like Trinidad and Tobago are experiencing significant jumps.

She also disclosed that in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, COVID-19 cases in evacuation shelters continue to be a challenge, after frequent volcanic eruptions.

“Throughout much of the Americas, we’re seeing cases accelerate along national borders,” Etienne revealed.

As a result, she noted that nearly 80% of  intensive care units in the region are filled with COVID patients.

Etienne said  the numbers are even more dire in some places.

She stated that PAHO has helped deploy 26 emergency medical teams across 23 countries in the Americas.

The teams will provide specialised care where it’s most needed.

In addition, some 400 Emergency Medical Teams and alternative medical care sites are in place.

Etienne said they will help the region expand capacity with over 14,000 new hospital beds and 1,500 more intensive care beds.

But  she explained that based on how COVID is spreading, there will be need for 20,000 doctors and more than 30,000 nurses to manage the ICU needs of just half of the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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