PAHO: T&T has reported the highest increase in COVID related deaths in the region recently

PAHO: T&T has reported the highest increase in COVID related deaths in the region recently

Dr Carissa Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), said Trinidad and Tobago has reported the highest increase in deaths from Covid19 in the region in recent days.

In a virtual press conference on Wednesday, she added that Cuba was the Caribbean country with the highest increase and TT faces an “increase in mortality.”

However, she did not give specific figures, but said during the last week 1.1 million cases were reported throughout the region.

The PAHO head reported that in North America the trend in Covid19 cases continues to decline; in Central America there is an increase in Belize, El Salvador, Honduras and Panama; and in South America, in Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador there are also more recorded cases.

Etienne also said, “There has been progress in vaccination in the Americas with 600 million doses delivered, but not for all countries and this is concerning.”

She said the 24 million doses supplied by Covax in the Americas have already been used by the beneficiary countries, but it is still insufficient.

She said Jamaica and Haiti are having serious problems with their vaccination systems.

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