By Steven Grattan
SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Covid-19 cases on the American continent jumped 11% last week, compared to the previous week, with 1.2 million new cases and 4,609 new deaths, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) announced. ) at a press conference on Wednesday.
South America saw the biggest rise in cases, with a 20% growth, while Central America saw a 32% drop in new cases and deaths, according to PAHO. Central America had the biggest increase in Covid-related deaths in PAHO’s latest report on June 1.
The United States had a 2% increase in hospitalizations and 4.2% in ICU admissions for the seventh week in a row. Mexico reported 31,000 cases, up 71%, said PAHO director Dr. Carissa Etienne.
In the Caribbean, cases were up by 3.7%, while deaths were down by 19% compared to the previous week.
Of the 34 countries and territories with available data on the continent, hospitalizations for Covid-19 grew in 15 of them over the past week, with increases in ICU admissions in 10 countries and territories, added the director.
“Our health systems are holding up as most people in the Americas are vaccinated against the virus, and better protected from severe illness and death,” said Etienne.
“However, many people remain unvaccinated, and these are at much greater risk of needing a hospital bed or even dying from Covid-19.”
(Reporting by Steven Grattan)