The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has warned of the rapid rise in the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths recorded by the Americas since early July, and warns that the number of deaths it has doubled while infections have already more than 12 million, compared to 5.3 just six weeks ago.
The region has six of the ten countries with the highest incidence of coronavirus, with the US leading with nearly 5.8 million cases, followed by Brazil with 3.66 million. They are also in the “Top 10” Peru, Mexico, Colombia and Chile.
PAHO Director General Carissa Etienne complained that the population was “getting used to the effects of this pandemic” and even “it is possible that the numbers that are reported week after week make us somewhat insensitive”. At a press conference on Tuesday, however, he defended: “We cannot take a passive stance in the face of these devastating human losses.”
The head of PAHO has stressed that, despite the fact that these data reveal an “urgent need to implement public health measures to contain the spread of COVID-19”, in recent weeks “the opposite has happened” and countries in the region have decided to “gradually relax restrictions, resume trade and some are preparing to go back to school”.