Washington D.C., May 12, 2020 (PAHO) (SKNVIBES)
The Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Carissa F. Etienne, called on countries to address health, social and economic emergencies, saying she is “deeply concerned” by the rapid expansion of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in the Americas.“The pandemic has forced us to address three emergencies at the same time: health, social and economic emergencies. To be successful, we need a joint approach,” said Dr. Etienne.
PAHO’s Director highlighted the rapid expansion of COVID-19. “It took our region three months to reach 1 million cases, but less than three weeks to nearly double that number,” she said. More than 1.74 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Americas, with more than 104,000 deaths.The need to control the pandemic is urgent, given that in the past week, there was a relative 18% increase in cases and a 23% relative increase in deaths, compared to the previous week.

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