Red Cross warns that the COVID-19 pandemic is “far” from ending in Latin America

Fighting COVID-19 is far from ending in Latin America, the region where the pandemic currently has the highest global incidence of cases and health systems are on the verge of collapse, the International Federation of the Red Cross.

“The pandemic is far from over,” at a time when “transmission increases and health systems are at risk of collapse,” the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned in a statement. , based in Panama.

He also warned that the region has reached the highest peak of deaths from the new coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic and has the highest global incidence of cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants.

“At this moment, 10 of the 15 countries that report the most new cases and deaths in the world are in Latin America and the Caribbean. The pandemic is not over yet,” Ghotai Ghazialam, manager of the operation, told AFP. COVID-19 of the IFRC in America.

According to IFRC, Uruguay, Argentina and Costa Rica top the list of countries with the highest number of new infections, followed by Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname and Brazil.

“Many countries in the region are at extreme risk of transmission and in some of them the health systems are going through their worst situation in months, with limit percentages of hospital beds and ICUs. There is a real risk of collapse,” he said. Ghazialam.

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The organization considers that in Brazil, Argentina Y Uruguay there is a risk of an imminent collapse of the sanitary systems, while in Paraguay, Colombia and Bolivia the “alarm bells are ringing”.

Until Friday, the region of Latin America and the Caribbean added more than a million deaths and 32.5 million infections by COVID-19. Brazil and Mexico, respectively, are the countries with the second and fourth highest number of deaths from the pandemic in the world in absolute numbers.

Experts fear the emergence of new variants of the virus that could be potentially more transmissible or lethal, at a time when, according to the International Federation of the Red Cross, the rate of vaccination in most of Latin America and the Caribbean is “dangerously slow.”

“Five months after the start of vaccinations around the world, less than two out of every thousand vaccines have been administered in the poorest countries [de Latinoamérica]”stated Martha Keays, IFRC Regional Director for the Americas.

AFP

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