Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) director Carissa Etienne said in a media briefing on Wednesday that more than 137 cases of Kovid-19 have been observed in St. Vincent on the recent volcanic eruption and subsequent evacuated islands.
“The recent volcanic eruptions in St. Vincent and the Grenadines have resulted in evacuations with thousands currently living in shelters. More than 137 Kovid cases have been reported in the shelters so far and we expect more new infections in the coming weeks.
Etienne explained the state of the epidemic elsewhere in the Caribbean, with Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic continuing the most infections. He said smaller island nations such as Bermuda, Aruba and Curacao are reporting an increase in deaths related to Kovid-19.
Expanding across the region, “almost every country in Central America is reporting an increase in infections,” said Etienne, adding that cases are increasing in South America.
“Cases are intensifying in Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia and Uruguay. Argentina has also seen a rapid increase of new infections and has counted the third highest number of cases in our region. “
An exception is Chile, where cases have come to a plateau, according to Etienne, after public health measures strengthened.
Last week, more than 1.5 million new Kovid-19 cases and about 40,000 Kovid-related deaths were reported in the US. These figures include the United States and Canada in addition to Central and South America.
“up [the] The world reached a tragic milestone over the weekend – more than 3 million people have lost their lives to Kovid. About half of these deaths occurred in the United States. “
When it comes to vaccine outreach, Etienne also highlighted inequality, saying that Latin America and the Caribbean region “have the greatest need for vaccines” and said that PAHO prioritizes the region when it comes to vaccine delivery.
“We call on all countries that have more vaccines to donate them to the countries that need them the most; Especially in Latin America and the Caribbean countries, in the US suffering the brunt of the epidemic, ”she said.