BRASILIA, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - COVID-19 infections have increased by a third in North America over the past week, due to outbreaks in the United States and Canada, where new infections have doubled in the province from Alberta, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday.
Hospitals in Alberta are facing a severe staff shortage, according to PAHO, the regional arm of the World Health Organization.
The United States reports more 100,000 new infections daily for the first time since January and hospital capacity in many states in the southern United States remains worrying, the agency said.
As many regions of the world report a steady decline in coronavrius infections, the Americas have reported a 20% increase in new cases, PAHO said.
Most countries in South America are seeing continued declines in COVID-19 cases and deaths, he said.
Infections are on the rise in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Belize and many hospitals there are saturated with COVID patients.
Meanwhile, infections have slowed in the Caribbean, with the exception of Grenada, Barbados and Bermuda which report a sharp increase in the number of new cases, and Jamaica has recorded its highest number of weekly cases since the start of the pandemic.
"We are encouraged that more than 30% of people in Latin America and the Caribbean have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 , "said PAHO Director Carissa Etienne at a weekly briefing.
But she said the doses were not evenly distributedin the region and that there was still a long way to go to reach all those in need of a vaccine. Reporting by Anthony Boadle; edited by Emelia Sithole-Matarise
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