The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) presented an alarming report on Wednesday about the coronavirus infections in the continent, which doubled in the last week, due to the Omicron variant that put again America as the epicenter of the virus.
Cases are accelerating in every corner of America, he said. Carissa Etienne, director of the organization, at a press conference. The official said that infections on American soil went from 3.4 million on January 1 to 6.1 million on January 8, according to El Intranews.
“Infections accelerated rapidly during the Christmas season, reaching levels of transmission never seen before during this pandemic,” Etienne said. “However, thanks to the protective power of vaccines, deaths from coronavirus do not increase with the current wave of infections,” added the PAHO directive.
While the Delta variant continues to cause new infections in the region, based on current trends, omicron is on its way to becoming the dominant strain in the Americas, Etienne estimated. Ómicron, the most contagious variant of the coronavirus, has generated a record of daily infections in the United States and Europe, while more governments around the world reimpose mobility restrictions to stop the cases.
Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay are some of the American countries that have experienced record cases of coronavirus in recent days. In Mexico, on the other hand, where experts denounce an under-registration that prevents knowing with certainty the number of infections, the positive of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was reported this week.