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Deaths from COVID-19 drop 17% in America, health agency says

People travel by bus during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination campaign at a bus rapid transit (BRT) station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Oct. 27, 2021. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

BRASILIA, Nov. 17 (Reuters) – The number of COVID-19 deaths has fallen 17% in the past week in the Americas, but the most populous countries like the United States, Brazil and Colombia are seeing a leveling of new infections after weeks of declining trends, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said Wednesday.

Mexico reports an increase in new deaths and in the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago saw a sharp rise in deaths as intensive care (ICU) beds fill with COVID-19 patients, PAHO said.

An important milestone is that half of people in Latin America and the Caribbean are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, although coverage in Nicaragua and Haiti remains below 10%, PAHO director Carissa Etienne said.

“The COVID pandemic is still very active in our region,” she warned in a webcast press conference.

Countries in Central and South America have seen a decline in new infections except Bolivia, it said.

As Uruguay and Chile have eased pandemic restrictions, COVID-19 cases have risen sharply, even with their high vaccination rates, the health service said.

Etienne urged people in the region to get vaccinated and to adhere to social distancing and wearing masks as the holidays approach.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle Editing by Bill Berkrot

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