Some C’bean Countries Showing Spikes in COVID-19 Transmission – PAHO

Dr. Carissa F. Etienne

(Jamaica Observer)— The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr. Carissa F Etienne says that transmission of COVID-19 in the Americas, including the Caribbean, remains very active, with some countries suffering recurrent spikes in cases and the virus spreading in new and different ways.

“While Brazil and the US remain significant drivers of new cases in our region, we’re concerned by spikes in cases — including places that had effectively managed outbreaks, like Cuba and Jamaica,” said the director during a news briefing on Wednesday.

“In fact, over the past 60 days, 11 countries and territories in the Caribbean have moved from moderate to intense transmission, which is a concerning development as countries reopen airspace,” Dr Etienne added. 

She said over 17 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Americas, with more than 574,000 deaths, representing half of all cases worldwide and more than half of all deaths.

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