The number of SARS-CoV-2 cases recorded since the outbreak of the pandemic across the American continent broke the barrier of 100 million, the Pan-American Health Organization (PAO) announced yesterday Wednesday.
More than half of those infections (51 million) have been confirmed in the United States, while 22 million have been reported in Brazil, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) branch in the region, which also noted that the Omicron variant is now spread to 19 countries and regions on the continent.
Its countries “must continue to implement public health protection measures to reduce the spread of the virus and adapt to local transmission risks,” PAU director Carissa Etienne said in a statement.
According to PAOU, most of the countries on the continent will have reached or exceeded in 2021 the goal set by the WHO, ie to be immunized for COVID-19 40% of their population that has the potential. But in some countries, such as Haiti, Guatemala or Jamaica, there is still a long way to go.