Delta and relaxation of health measures: PAHO warns of cause of increase of COVID-19 in Mexico

A woman comforts her son with coronavirus (Covid-19) at her home as the coronavirus outbreak continues in Magdalena Township, Oaxaca state, Mexico, August 4, 2021. Photo taken August 4, 2021 REUTERS/Jorge Luis Plata

last week , Mexico The average number of injuries reached 16,782 COVID-19 On the day, the tenth of August was the highest number of deaths due to the disease since the end of last March. These numbers have already set off alarm alerts at the Pan American Health Organization (OPS).

Although the international organization indicated that Continuous increase in portability In the country because of the presence of the variable Delta (B.1.617.2), first recorded in India at the end of 2020, also clearly Relaxing health procedures by the inhabitants of Mexico.

This came on Wednesday in a video press conference Carissa EtienneDirector of the Pan American Health Organization:

“Last week, more than 1.6 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 19,000 Covid-related deaths were recorded in the Americas. […] Cases and deaths continue to rise in Canada, Mexico, and the United States as public health enforcement measures ease; The delta variable is also generalized and vaccination coverage varies by country.

People cross avenue 20 de Noviembre as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Mexico City, Mexico, August 7, 2021. REUTERS/Paola Garcia No results.  do not archive
People cross avenue 20 de Noviembre as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Mexico City, Mexico, August 7, 2021. REUTERS/Paola Garcia No results. do not archive

This is with Ecuador and Brazil, Mexico is one of the most affected from latin america via delta, “Although it is not more dangerous, it has a greater potential for infection”Etienne explained.

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In case Central America, reported that cases increased in Honduras, Belize and El Salvador, the latter reaching 30 percent.

Regarding Caribbean The same happens on the more populous islands such as Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Martinique, and the Bahamas.

Against this background, Carissa Etienne lamented that Less than 20% of the population In Latin America and the Caribbean they have Complete Vaccination Schedule (two doses, in most formulations) This figure in some countries is only 5 percent.

“More than six months after the first doses arrived in our area, the disparity between who can get the vaccines and who is not is unacceptable.”

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