The Director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, has urged all countries in the region to be on high alert, warning that the COVID-19 pandemic is as active as ever.
However, she said the region has no option but to fight the pandemic.
Etienne sounded the warning during a press briefing last week.
She noted that a few countries in the region, including Paraguay, Uruguay, and Cuba, are experiencing outbreaks in 2021 of greater magnitude than the ones they faced in 2020.
And Etienne observed that in this pandemic, complacency leads to more cases.
“We urge our Member States to reinforce surveillance and act at the first sign that cases are rising. Don’t wait until you are overwhelmed,” the PAHO Director said.
Etienne disclosed that since January 1st, 2021, there have been over 19.7 million cases reported in the Americas.
In addition, the region has lost more than 475 thousand persons to COVID-19.