- COVID-19 cases have been on an upward trend for the past two months in the Americas.
- The increase in cases in Mexico stands out, where 31 thousand infections were registered in the last week.
- Which represents a rise of 71 percent, while in the countries of Central America, there was an increase of 32 percent of new cases, with 27 thousand.
Cases of COVID-19 have had one Upward trend during the last two months in the American continentwith 1.2 million new infections in the last week, which represents an increase of 11 percent compared to the previous one.
This was stated by the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa Etiennein his weekly press conference, where he added that deaths from COVID-19 grew 19.4 percent, with a total of 4,069 deaths, in the last seven days.
Highlights the increase in cases in Mexicowhere they were registered 31 thousand infections in the last weekwhich means a 71 percent risewhile in the countries of Central America, there was an increase of 32 percent in new cases, with 27 thousand.
THE CASE OF MEXICO
About Mexico, the doctor andrea vicarihead of the PAHO Infectious Threat Management Unit, indicated at the same press conference that the country has been experiencing a continuous increase in cases in the last five weeks.
Etienne stressed that the continent’s health systems are able to cope with this rise in infections thanks to the fact that “most people in the Americas are vaccinated against the virus, and better protected against serious illness and death.”
However, he stated that “there are still many unvaccinated people”, and therefore, with a higher risk of ending up hospitalized or dying from COVID-19.
Regarding the objective of World Health Organization (WHO) of immunizing 70 percent of the population, Etienne said that a total of 16 countries and territories on the continent have reached that goal, while there are others that are close such as Colombia, Bermuda and El Salvador, which have reached 65 percent. percent coverage.
However, the government still refuses to accept that the fifth wave has begun.
Ministry of Health rejects that Mexico is in the fifth wave of covid-19
The undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, ruled out that Mexico is currently in a fifth wave of covid-19 infections, because the trend of new infections begins to decrease.
“What we see in a different pattern than what we saw in the most recent wave, because the rate of ascent is slower. It has caught our attention, I insist, not only in Mexico but throughout the world, how what seemed to be a new exponential wave of very rapid growth at a given moment was cut short. I am referring to the European case, where we already know what happened.
In Mexico, we still do not see a clear trend of rapid rise, despite the fact that we have already spent seven weeks where it began to increase. And in the most recent week, which is week 23, we don’t have a doubling of cases like we had in previous waves. He explained that It is still not possible to say for sure if the trend is going to be towards a wave like the previous ones, “That would be the fifth in number, or it will maintain a transmission and then go down.”
The federal official recognized that Mexico City, Sinaloa, Baja California Sur, Quintana Roo and Yucatan concentrates the largest number of active cases with symptoms of coronavirus. They have a positivity rate of 1.6 to 1.8 percent.
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