PAHO Director Backs Stricter Measures Against COVID-19

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Citing a surge in COVID-19 cases in the Americas, the Director of the Pan American Health Organisation is backing stricter measures to control the spread of the virus.

Dr. Carissa F. Etienne spoke at a press briefing this week.

“It’s no surprise then that many countries in our region have tightened public health measures, she explained.

In this regard, Etienne mentioned that they have been extending curfews, limiting re-openings, and imposing new stay-at-home orders.

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However, she acknowledged that these decisions are never easy.

But  Etienne said based on how infections are surging, this is exactly what needs to happen.

“We know these measures work and I commend leaders across our region for putting health first,” the PAHO official declared.

She noted that Canada’s infection rates have surpassed U.S. figures for the first time in the pandemic.

And she observed that cases are also surging across the Caribbean.

Guadeloupe, Martinique, and the Bahamas are reporting new spikes.

“Anguilla reported more than 60% of its total cases in the last seven days and weekly cases doubled in Puerto Rico during the same period,” Etienne stated.

In addition, she disclosed that nearly every country in Central America is reporting a rise in infections, as infections also spike across South America.



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