In the past week, there have been more cases of Covid-19 in the Americas than ever before. The highly contagious Omicron variant appears to be the predominant strain in the Americas, according to the Pan American Health Organization.
In the past week, there were over 8 million new cases, which is 32% more than the previous week, while Covid-19 caused 18,000 new deaths, which is 37% more than the previous week.
As the region’s health agency reported, the U.S. continues to have the highest number of new infections, despite a decline of just under 1 million cases since the last week.
The number of new infections in Mexico’s southern states tripled, while Brazil saw a 193% jump in the number of new cases, PAHO said in their weekly briefing.
Approximately 64 percent of children in the Americas have yet to return to school, according to the Pan American Health Organization. The organization recommended countries make every effort to secure their safety in order to protect their social, emotional, and physical well-being. Parents were urged to vaccinate their children.
PAHO reports that adolescents are already receiving the Covid vaccine in many countries with little risk of side effects.
Experts with the WHO’s immunization group approved the Covid vaccine for children aged 5 to 12 years last week, providing a roadmap for countries to offer the vaccine to them, the regional agency said.