Record levels of new infections in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Faced with the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have registered a new high in daily new CoV infections. From Jan. 7 to Jan. 13, an average of 304,000 new infections were detected daily in the region, according to a calculation by the AFP news agency based on agency data.

That’s nearly double the previous peak of 155,000 new infections daily during the previous wave in the region in May-June 2021.

Number of deaths also rises significantly
The number of daily CoV deaths also increased significantly over the past seven days: With an average of 621 deaths per day, the increase was 44 percent compared to the previous week. However, the casualty numbers are not as high as in the previous wave. From April 6 to 12, more than 5,500 deaths had been reported daily in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The country currently hardest hit by the pandemic is Argentina. It has reported an average of nearly 140,000 new infections daily over the past seven days. Since the beginning of the pandemic, almost seven million infections and more than 117,000 deaths have been registered in the country of 45 million inhabitants.

  • source: orf.at/picture: pixabay.com
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