Bucking the pattern in a lot of the Americas, a number of Caribbean nations are reporting important surges in identified coronavirus infections, World Health Organization officers warned on Wednesday.
New cases reported are up 40 % over the final week in the Dominican Republic and Barbados, stated Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, the director of the Pan American Health Organization, a division of the W.H.O.
“In fact,” Dr. Etienne stated at a news conference, “half of Barbados’s cumulative Covid infections since the pandemic began have been reported in the last month.”
New cases are additionally rising in Trinidad and Tobago and some smaller island nations and territories in the area, together with St. Martin, St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla and the Cayman Islands.
Many Caribbean nations have had issue moving quickly with vaccination efforts, each due to issue acquiring doses and due to widespread public hesitancy.
“It really troubles me that some of my Caribbean brothers and sisters have been slow to accept the Covid-19 vaccines that have been made available to them,” stated Dr. Etienne, who’s from Dominica.
Across Latin America and the Caribbean, 41 % of the inhabitants has been totally vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19, based on the P.A.H.O.
New case stories are declining throughout North America, and infections and deaths are declining in most of Central America. The image can be enhancing in South America, with the exception of Bolivia and Venezuela, the group stated.
Dr. Etienne stated it was vital for nations in the area to construct up testing whilst stories of recent cases ebb, in order that any contemporary outbreaks may be caught earlier than they turn into widespread surges. “More and more, we’re seeing how local hot spots are driving national trends,” she stated.
A great method, she stated, can be to combine surveillance for Covid-19 with monitoring of different respiratory viruses. She stated her group was working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States to develop a brand new protocol for PCR testing that may display screen the identical samples for each Covid-19 and influenza.
Strong surveillance networks, she stated, may additionally assist detect rising pathogens earlier than they unfold, and serve “as the region’s backbone for pandemic preparedness.”