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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 in the course of 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 in the course of the pandemic, with circumstances doubling to six.1 million over the previous week, the Pan American Well being Group (PAHO) mentioned on Wednesday.

Omicron has reached almost each nation within the Americas and is anticipated to rapidly grow to be the dominant variant within the area, the well being company mentioned.

America is reporting the majority of the brand new circumstances, with states within the East and Midwest experiencing fast surges, it mentioned.

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

Omicron has already reached almost each nation within the Americas, detected in 35 international locations 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 might be deadly, particularly for the immunocompromised and the unvaccinated,” Etienne mentioned, urging continued vaccination.

Practically 60% of the individuals in Latin America and the Caribbean have been absolutely vaccinated towards COVID-19. Chile, Cuba, and Argentina have a few of the highest vaccination protection charges on the planet, she mentioned.


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