By CAPosts 02 December, 2020 - 05:56pm 28 views
The Pan American Health Organization ( PAHO ) reported a 30 percent increase in covid-19 cases in the American continent in one month, and called for better care for Afro-descendants, affected "disproportionately" by the pandemic.
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The region that includes North, South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean, registered 26.9 million infections of the new coronavirus accumulated in November since the beginning of the pandemic at the beginning of the year, compared to 20.5 million in October.
"In the month of November alone, we had more than 6 million new cases reported in the Americas, about a 30 percent increase compared to the figures at the end of October," said PAHO Director Carissa Etienne, in a conference. press.
"North America is setting daily records of reported cases," he stressed.
In the United States , where cases have soared to more than 150,000 a day in the past month, more than 96,000 people are currently hospitalized with the virus, "the highest number since the start of the pandemic," he said. .
In Canada , there are "increasingly important outbreaks" in nursing homes and hospitals, "and cases are spreading among indigenous communities and the most remote areas of the country, such as Yukon and Nunavut," he added.
Etienne stressed. the recent increase in cases in Central America in Panama, with the largest increase in the Guna-Yala indigenous region. In the Caribbean, Cuba has reported outbreaks in eastern and central provinces of the island, he said.
In South America, Brazil has seen an increase in infections in several states in the last two weeks, unlike Argentina, where the downward trend continues which started at the beginning of November
"This persistence of covid-19 cases is the reason why we must act quickly, especially in places where the number of infections has not been controlled," he said, calling for "energetic government action" to identify and quarantine the sick.
PAHO authorities stressed time and again during the press conference that, although the news about a vaccine against covid-19 is encouraging, it will not be immediately available to the general population.
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And they urged to continue complying with the recommended measures to avoid contagion: wearing masks, practicing social distance and avoiding meetings with people with whom one does not live.
The new coronavirus was declared a global pandemic by the WHO on March 11, after the organization's China office reported the disease onset in December 2019
Impact on black populations
The director of the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO ) also warned about the strong impact of the pandemic on Afro-descendants.
The black population represents a fifth of the total of the Americas. It is the dominant racial group in the Caribbean, representing more than 50 percent of the population of Brazil and 13 percent of that of the United States. In Ecuador and Panama, one in 10 people is of African descent
Many Afro-descendants are among the essential workers most exposed to COVID-19, prevented from doing their work from home and from complying with social distancing, thus running a greater risk of infection and death, Etienne said, reporting "revealing" evidence of this situation.
In the United States , he said, "a black person is 2.6 times more likely to contract the virus and twice as likely to die from covid- 19 than their white counterparts, "while" mortality rates among black and mestizo Brazilians are 1.5 times higher than among white citizens. "
PAHO announced that it will prioritize this issue by seeking greater participation of Afro-descendants in health programs and better access to services
"In the context of urgent calls for racial equality in the United States, Brazil, and other countries in our region, we urge health authorities to face this pressing challenge," Etienne asked.