“It is important to emphasize that these projections will be met only if current conditions persist,” said the leader of the health agency.
At the beginning of July and with it phase 1 of the social, preventive and compulsory isolation in the region most affected by the coronavirus, that is, the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires, the authorities try to flatten the contagion curve, but that seems still far away.
It is that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned that Argentina could reach the peak of infections only in mid-August. It was specifically, the director Carissa Etienne, who revealed this panorama.
The peak in several Latin American countries will only come in August
Peak in August
“Latin America and the Caribbean are expected to have more than 438,000 COVID-19 deaths,” said the PAHO leader. And she announced that both our country, such as Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico and Peru, will have their contagion cap in mid-August. Chile and Colombia, within 15 days.
Lastly, Carissa Etienne warned that this calculation made by the Pan American Health Organization will be given only under certain circumstances: “It is important to emphasize that these projections will be fulfilled only if current conditions persist,” he concluded.
According to PAHO estimates, for October the number of deaths from coronavirus in the American continent could reach 627,000, or 438,000 (almost the same number of deaths currently recorded worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University) if only those in Latin America and the Caribbean are separated.
In the absence of vaccines, governments can only test to detect positive cases and isolate those infected
In this sense, the director of PAHO warned that “countries, states or cities that (…) relax restrictions prematurely may be inundated with new cases” in reference to those areas of the region that they have already begun to relax their quarantines. Etienne said a second outbreak could be even worse than the current one and recalled that “the goal is to flatten the curve and bring it down considerably before easing restrictions.”
“In the absence of an effective vaccine or treatment, the tools we have on hand are limited, and we have no choice but to make the most of them, “said Etienne.
America accumulated more than 5.2 million cases and 248,545 deaths related to the virus, that is, half of the infections and deaths worldwide. The United States remains the country most affected by the pandemic in the world with 2,581,229 infections (35,663 in the last 24 hours) and 126,739 deaths (370 in one day). It is followed by Brazil with 1,368,195 cases (24,052 new) and 58,324 deaths (692 in the last days); Peru (282,365 infections and 9,504 deaths); Chile (279,393 infections and 5688 fatalities) and Mexico (220,657 cases and 27,121 deaths).
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