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Notícias Internacionais / 19/07/2021

COVID 19 NEWS

Delta variant increases weekly Covid-19 deaths in Africa by 43%

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Delta variant increases weekly Covid-19 deaths in Africa by 43%

Fonte UN News.

WHO draws attention to the destructive trajectory in the third wave and highlights low vaccination rate, only 3% of the population

The Delta variant is present in 21 African countries and has caused a weekly rise of 43% in Covid-19 deaths on the continent. The information comes the WHO (World Health Organization), which sees an unprecedented resurgence of cases in the third wave of the disease, something that the entity classifies as a “destructive trajectory”.

“Deaths have skyrocketed over the past five weeks. This is a clear warning sign that hospitals in the worst-affected countries are reaching breaking point,” says Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa.

Hospital admissions have increased in about 10 countries, and at least five of them are facing shortages of ICU beds: South Africa, Namibia, Uganda, Tunisia and Zambia.

According to Moeti, the production of oxygen is the “number one priority for African countries” today. “Health systems with few resources face a dire shortage of the health professionals, supplies, equipment and infrastructure needed to provide care for critically ill Covid-19 patients,” she explains.

Michael Ryan, head of the WHO Emergency Program, warns of the risk of the situation getting worse. He points out that Africa has administered a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to less than 3% of the total population. Adding this statistic to the presence of the Delta variant, a “toxic mixture” can be created on the continent.

Americas

The Americas reported nearly 74 million cases and 1.9 million deaths Covid-19. The total number corresponds to more than a third of patients and over 40% of global deaths. However, there is currently a “mixed picture” of the pandemic in the region, with an overall decrease in new notifications of almost 20% last week.

Central region nations, including El Salvador and Guatemala, have the biggest increases. In the Caribbean, especially Cuba, the highest number of notifications was reported in a week since the beginning of the pandemic.

PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) warned that, in the British Virgin Islands, cases tripled after the reopening of cruise ships. In Mexico and the United States, infections are also on the rise.

The reduction in infections, hospitalizations and deaths is observed in countries such as Brazil, Peru, Uruguay and Chile, as well as in much of South America.

PAHO General Director Charissa Etienne warned of the rise in cases in Argentina and Colombia, raising concerns about "the health system's ability to handle 98% of ICU beds already in use."


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