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COVID-19 picks up tempo in Americas as Omicron spreads, well being company says

An individual will get examined for COVID-19 at a van throughout the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) pandemic within the Manhattan borough of New York Metropolis, New York, US, Jan. 11, 2022. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

BRASILIA — The unfold of COVID-19 within the Americas pushed by the Omicron variant of the virus has reached ranges of transmission by no means earlier than seen throughout the pandemic, with instances doubling to six.1 million over the previous week, the Pan American Well being Group (PAHO) mentioned on Wednesday.

Omicron has reached practically each nation within the Americas and is predicted to shortly develop into the dominant variant within the area, the well being company mentioned.

The US is reporting the majority of the brand new instances, with states within the East and Midwest experiencing speedy surges, it mentioned.

Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil are also experiencing important surges in new instances, whereas in Argentina and Paraguay COVID-19 infections have elevated by practically 300% during the last week, in response to PAHO.

Omicron has already reached practically each nation within the Americas, detected in 35 nations and territories of the area, PAHO Director Carissa Etienne mentioned in a briefing.

“One of many traits that units Omicron aside appears to be much less extreme signs. Even so, Omicron infections may be deadly, particularly for the immunocompromised and the unvaccinated,” Etienne mentioned, urging continued vaccination.

Almost 60% of the folks in Latin America and the Caribbean have been absolutely vaccinated towards COVID-19. Chile, Cuba, and Argentina have among the highest vaccination protection charges on this planet, she mentioned.


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