Monday, January 17, 2022

PAHO: Omicron will soon become a staple in the US. Nation World News

MIAMI ( Associated Press) – The Pan American Health Organization said on Wednesday it expects Omicron to become the dominant coronavirus variant in the US in the coming weeks, where confirmed cases have reached record levels.

The health agency said that although health systems face challenges with increasing hospitalizations, vaccination has meant that deaths from COVID-19 have not risen at the same rate as infections.

“While Delta is still causing new infections in the US, based on current trends, Omicron is well on its way to becoming the dominant strain in our region,” said Carissa Etienne, director of the agency, known by the initial PAHO. said during an online news conference. ,

PAHO said coronavirus infections across the US nearly doubled to 6.1 million on January 8, from 3.4 million cases on January 1. The number of cases was 250% higher than a year ago, when it was 2.4 million.

It said that COVID-19-related deaths in the US in the first week of 2022 increased by 31% compared to the previous week.

The Omicron variant, which spreads more easily, has been found in 42 of the 56 countries and territories in the US.

The United States is reporting the highest number of cases, while Canada is also recording a rebound. In the Caribbean, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic have seen the highest growth, while Belize and Panama have seen increases in Central America.

In South America, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil all have increasing numbers of cases, according to the health organization, with Argentina and Paraguay reporting a 300% increase in coronavirus cases over the past week.

Omicron can infect vaccinated people and people who have already come down with the virus, but some studies indicate that it is less likely to cause more severe disease than the delta version and is more likely to be used by vaccinations and boosters. The supplements provide strong protection.

But PAHO warned that Omicron could still be fatal to non-vaccinated and immunocompromised countries and urged countries to continue their vaccination and prevention campaigns.

About 60% of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean have been fully vaccinated, but some 10 countries in the region – particularly in the Caribbean – have not reached the World Health Organization’s target of 40% for the end of 2021. The target for the middle of this year is 70%.


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