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 1000’s of individuals at the moment dwelling in shelters. Greater than 137 Covid circumstances have been reported in shelters up to now and we count on extra new infections within the coming weeks,” she mentioned.
Etienne went on to elucidate the state of the pandemic elsewhere within the Caribbean, saying Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic proceed to drive probably 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, “Practically 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 depend 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 almost 40,000 Covid-related deaths have been recorded prior to now week within the Americas, Etienne mentioned. These figures embody the USA and Canada, along with Central and South America.
“Over [the] weekend the world reached a tragic milestone — greater than 3 million folks have misplaced their lives to Covid. And almost half of those deaths occurred proper right here within the Americas,” she added.
Etienne additionally highlighted the inequity with regards 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 with regards 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 probably the most; notably the international locations in Latin America and the Caribbean, within the Americas which have borne the brunt of the epidemic,” she mentioned.