Thursday, January 13, 2022

COVID cases surge in Americas, driven by omicron variant: PAHO

Cases in the Americas of the omicron coronavirus variant nearly doubled in the past week, reaching 6.1 million as of Jan. 8 from 3.4 million on Jan. 1, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne said Wednesday.

The omicron variant has put the region under increased pressure, with some countries scaling up restrictions, strengthening mask rules and announcing new vaccine requirements​.

Omicron has reached nearly every country in the Americas, and cases are expected to surge across the region with consequences that remain unclear. Currently, 42 countries in the Americas have detected the variant...


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