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PAHO: Region-Wide COVID-19 Surge Demands Stepped-Up Fight

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(Barbados Today) The Pan American Health Organisation’s point man in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Dr. Yitades Gebre, has urged the region to ramp up public health measures to contain the viral illness “at a dangerous time” amid a surge in infections across the region.

Over the last three weeks, PAHO noted that Barbados has recorded an 1138 percent increase in COVID cases – topping regional neighbours St Vincent and the Grenadines (573 percent), Antigua and Barbuda (325 percent) and St Lucia (77 percent).

Dr. Gebre said: “The current intensity of transmission and response capacity of the health system in these countries require for adjustment of the public health and social measures tailored to the local context and stepping up contact tracing of cases for targeted control.”

He blamed the current outbreaks in the countries on “people attending crowded settings, engaging in confined space with limited physical distancing and not wearing masks in public spaces”.

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