COVID infections and deaths dropping across the Americas, says health agency

FILE PHOTO: A woman receives a dose of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine during a vaccination campaign inside the University of Santiago, Chile June 30, 2021. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

BRASILIA (Reuters) – COVID-19 infections and deaths are decreasing, with few exceptions, across North, Central and South America, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday, reporting that last week had the lowest COVID figures in over a year.

Many of the larger Caribbean islands are seeing downward trends, including Cuba, which for months has been facing a large COVID-19 outbreak, PAHO said. Paraguay saw a doubling of COVID-19 cases in the last week and Belize had a sharp jump in COVID-19-related deaths, the regional health agency said in a briefing.

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