aCOVID-19 cases worsen in Latin America, no end in sight, says health agency
June 30, 2021; 11:20 AM EDT
BRASILIA, June 30 (Reuters) – Cases of COVID-19 are declining in North America, but in most of Latin America and the Caribbean the end to the coronavirus pandemic “remains a distant future”, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) director Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday.
While infections in the United States, Canada and Mexico are falling, in Latin America and the Caribbean just one in ten people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, “an unacceptable situation,” she said in a briefing.
Etienne warned that the hurricane season in the Caribbean is arriving at a time when outbreaks are worsening and she urged countries to outfit hospitals and expand shelters to reduce the potential for transmission.
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