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Following the current volcanic eruptions in St. Vincent and evacuations that adopted, shelters on the island have seen greater than 137 circumstances of Covid-19, mentioned Pan American Well being Group (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne, at Wednesday’s media briefing.
“The current volcanic eruptions in St. Vincent and the Grenadines have led to evacuations with hundreds of individuals at present residing in shelters. Greater than 137 Covid circumstances have been reported in shelters up to now and we anticipate extra new infections within the coming weeks,” she mentioned.
Etienne went on to clarify the state of the pandemic elsewhere within the Caribbean, saying Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic proceed to drive essentially the most infections. Smaller island nations like Bermuda, Aruba and Curacao are reporting an increase in Covid-19- associated deaths, she added.
Increasing additional throughout the area, “Almost each nation in central America is reporting an increase in infections,” Etienne, mentioned, highlighting the place circumstances are rising in South America.
“Circumstances are accelerating in Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia and Uruguay. Argentina has additionally seen a speedy progress of latest infections and has assumed the third highest case rely in our area.”
An exception is Chile, the place after the strengthening of public well being measures, there was a plateau in circumstances, based on Etienne.
Greater than 1.5 million new Covid-19 circumstances and practically 40,000 Covid-related deaths had been recorded prior to now week within the Americas, Etienne mentioned. These figures embody the US and Canada, along with Central and South America.
“Over [the] weekend the world reached a tragic milestone — greater than 3 million individuals have misplaced their lives to Covid. And practically half of those deaths occurred proper right here within the Americas,” she added.
Etienne additionally highlighted the inequity in relation to entry to vaccines and mentioned the Latin America and Caribbean area has “the best want for vaccines” and that PAHO advocates the area be prioritized in relation to vaccine distribution.
“We name on all international locations which have extra vaccines than they want, to donate them to international locations that want them essentially the most; significantly the international locations in Latin America and the Caribbean, within the Americas which have borne the brunt of the epidemic,” she mentioned.