COVID-19 spreading like never before in Americas, health agency warns

Healthcare workers are pictured at a testing center for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Buenos Aires, Argentina Jan. 6, 2022. (REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian/File Photo)

BRASILIA — COVID-19 infections continue to accelerate in the Americas, reaching new peaks, with 7.2 million new cases and more than 15,000 COVID-related deaths in the last week, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday.

“The virus is spreading more actively than ever before,” said PAHO Director Carissa Etienne told a briefing.


In North America, the United States and Canada continue to experience a surge of COVID hospitalizations. The Caribbean is witnessing the steepest increase in COVID infections since the start of the pandemic, the regional health agency said.


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