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WEB en Miami | PAHO: Omicron to become dominant variant in Americas shortly

Fugitivo americano é encontrado com Covid-19 em hospital escocês dois anos após forjar a própria morte

The number of cases was 250% higher than a year earlier when there were 2.4 million

MIAMI (AP) — The Pan American Health Organization said Wednesday it expects omicron to become the predominant coronavirus variant in the Americas in the coming weeks, where confirmed cases have reached record levels.

The health agency added that although healthcare systems face challenges with rising hospitalisations, vaccination has meant that COVID-19 deaths have not increased at the same rate as infections.

“While delta is still causing new infections in the Americas, based on current trends, omicron is on track to become the dominant strain in our region,” Carissa Etienne, director of the agency known by its initials PAHO, said during an online news conference.

PAHO said coronavirus virus infections across the Americas almost doubled to 6.1 million on January 8, from 3.4 million cases on January 1.

The number of cases was 250% higher than a year earlier when there were 2.4 million.

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