Coronavirus: the Omicron wave sweeps across South America and the Caribbean

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An average of 304,000 daily cases were detected between January 7 and 13, almost twice the record set before the current wave (155,000 daily cases between May 28 and June 3, 2021).

Contaminations have increased by 126% over the last 7 days compared to the previous week.

Argentina (45 million inhabitants), with another 139,853 new cases recorded on Friday (6,932,972 in total), alone accounts for almost half of the contaminations in the region.

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Peru, a country of 33 million inhabitants which has the highest mortality rate in the world in relation to its population, is about to cross 2.5 million cases.

Contaminations are also skyrocketing in Brazil, the most populous country with 212 million inhabitants and the second most bereaved in the world with more than 620,000 deaths. Thursday, 97,986 cases were identified in just 24 hours, against 5,844 two weeks ago.

The number of deaths is also increasing in Latin America and the Caribbean, but at a slower rate: 621 daily deaths were recorded between January 7 and 13 in the region, an increase of 44% compared to the previous week.

This figure is significantly lower than the record recorded for the week of April 6 to 12, 2021, with 5,548 daily deaths.

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