A quarter of global COVID-19 cases in the Americas, says WHO

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Kathmandu, July 21. The World Health Organization on Monday said that the American continents constitute more than one-fourth of all COVID-19 cases recorded globally.

During a live social media discussion, WHO Covid expert Maria Van Kerkhove said that an exponential rise in daily covid cases has been observed in regions of North, Central, and South America. ‘The transmission is so high that the governments in the region will find it extremely impossible to pull it down,’ Maria explained.

Last week, the world saw a global increase of 11.5 percent in cases. While the Americas experienced an increase of only 0.5 percent, Brazil alone reported as high as 3,00,000 cases in a week. The United States also reported 200,000 cases last week. 

According to the WHO records, the spike in the transmission is possibly due to new strains such as the “Lambda” variant which was recently discovered in South America.

Michael Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, urged the international community to provide additional vaccinations to South and Central America, as well as other parts of the world. “The world needs more vaccines to break this deadly cycle of cases,” Ryan noted.

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