POST TIME: 22 July, 2021 10:05:50 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 22 July, 2021 04:05:54 PM
Americas account for 40pc global Covid deaths, 25pc cases: WHO
UNB, Dhaka

Americas account for 40pc global Covid deaths, 25pc cases: WHO

 North, Central and South Americas still bear the global burden of 40% of Covid-19 fatalities and more than 25% of cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Almost 1 million cases were reported in the Americas last week, said Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead on Covid-19 for the WHO, Monday.

In Brazil, around 300,000 cases were recorded last week; in the US, more than 200,000 cases were reported, Maria added.

She warned of a peak in the transmission level that has been observed in the region, saying that "they are stuck at a high level of intensity, and cannot quite bring that transmission down."

An 11.5% rise in global cases were seen last week, with Europe and the Western Pacific being hit the hardest, Maria said. "The Americas saw a moderate increase of 0.5%, but some countries were plagued by really sharp spikes in transmission possibly due to new variants."

Meanwhile, US life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Covid-19 pandemic is responsible for around 74% of the overall life expectancy decline. More than 3.3 million Americans died last year, far more than any other year in US history, with Covid-19 accounting for about 11% of those deaths, the health officials said.

However, the virus' role varied by race and ethnicity. It was responsible for 90% of the decline in life expectancy among Hispanics, 68% among white people and 59% among Black Americans.