WHO says Americas are now new pandemic epicentre:
More now on the World Health Organization noting that the Americas have become the new epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The WHO made the statement in a Tuesday briefing, as a US study forecast with Brazil and other Latin American countries a case study due to the rate of deaths in the countries.
“Now is not the time for countries to ease restrictions,” Carissa Etienne, WHO director for the Americas and head of the Pan American Health Organization, said via videoconference.
“Our region has become the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Etienne said, as other PAHO directors warned there are “very tough” weeks ahead for the region and Brazil has a long way to go before it will see the pandemic end.
The Americas have registered more than 2.4 million cases of the new coronavirus and more than 143,000 deaths from the resulting Covid-19 respiratory disease. Latin America has passed Europe and the United States in daily infections – The Guardian.
However, as Brazilian daily death rate became the world’s highest Monday, a study in the University of Washington study warned that the country’s total death toll could skyrocket to 125,000 by August.