COVID-19 in the Americas update October

United States // Peru // Mexico // Brazil // 16 October, 2020

The Pan American Health Organization has published an Epidemiological Update detailing the COVID-19 situation in the region. Since mid-September, there has been an overall increase in cases and deaths across the 54 countries and territories, particularly in the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean islands.

In total, over 18 million cases and over 590,500 deaths have been reported in the Americas, which accounts for 48% of all cases and 55% of all deaths globally.

Further breakdown is given for cases in pregnant women, indigenous populations and Multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS) in children and adolescents. More than 74,900 pregnant women have been confirmed infected, of which 507 have died. Over two-thirds of these cases are reported from the United States and Peru, while Mexico (30%) and Brazil (27%) account for the majority of maternal deaths.

Over 154,300 indigenous people have been infected and 3,405 have died, with over one-third of the cases in the United States, and 43% of the deaths reported from Mexico.

At least 1,769 MIS cases and 60 related deaths have been documented in 16 of the countries and territories. Over 58% of the cases are in the United States, where males are slightly more affected and 70% of the cases are Hispanic/Latino or Non-Hispanic Black. MIS generally developed 2-4 weeks after infection.

The full update is available here.

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