COVID-19: the Omicron wave sweeps South America and the Caribbean

The wave of Omicron is sweeping South America and the Caribbean, a region that has doubled its record number of new daily cases of COVID-19, according to an AFP count prepared from official reports provided by health authorities.

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An average of 304,000 daily cases were detected between January 7 and 13, almost double the record set before the current wave (155,000 daily cases between May 28 and June 3, 2021).

Contaminations have increased by 126% in the last 7 days compared to the previous week.

Argentina (45 million inhabitants), with another 139,853 new cases registered on Friday (6,932,972 in total), alone concentrates almost half of the infections in the region.

Peru, a country of 33 million inhabitants that has the highest mortality rate in the world in relation to its population, is about to cross 2.5 million cases.

Contamination is also skyrocketing in Brazil, the most populous country with 212 million inhabitants and the second most grieving in the world with more than 620,000 deaths. On Thursday, 97,986 cases were recorded in just 24 hours, up from 5,844 two weeks ago.

The number of deaths is also increasing in Latin America and the Caribbean, but at a slower pace: between January 7 and 13, 621 daily deaths were recorded in the region, an increase of 44% compared to the previous week.

This figure is significantly lower than the record recorded for the week of April 6-12, 2021, with 5,548 daily deaths.


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