1.06M NEW COVID-19 CASES IN LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN FROM 31 MAY - 6 JUNE 2021
182.1M COVID-19 VACCINE DOSES ADMINISTERED IN LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN
The United States Government followed up on previous announcements that they would provide 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses with countries around the world, confirming that 6 million out of an initial 19 million doses shared through the COVAX Facility will go to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The US has yet to disclose a specific list of countries in the region that will receive doses through this initial batch.
While the 1,072 COVID-19 deaths recorded in May 2021 make it the most lethal month during Honduras’ COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Health says that growing immunization is finally leading to a reduction in mortality, noting that the last week of May saw fewer deaths than the preceding three weeks.
Honduras’s immunization drive, at one point the slowest in Latin America and the Caribbean, has sped up in recent weeks, with more than half of its 317,257 doses administered in a 15-day span since 15 May.
The Government announced that Peru’s COVID-19 death toll from March 2020 to 22 May 2021 now stands at more than 180,000 deaths, a sharp increase from previous data indicating 69,300 official deaths. While Peru’s new death toll now trails only Brazil and Mexico in the region, the per capita death toll of more than 5,000 per every 1 million inhabitants is now the highest in the world, surpassing the 3,000 deaths per every 1 million inhabitants in Hungary that had previously been the highest.
The Government announced a total lockdown for two-and-a-half weeks effective 7 June in another effort to control the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases and shortages of oxygen, hospital beds and health workers. Infections in Suriname began to climb in April 2021, rising from fewer than 15-20 cases per day to record highs of over 290 single-day case counts as recently as 2 June.
The sharp rise has led to more than 5,200 cases and more than 100 deaths in May, numbers that are more than a third of the cumulative caseload and death toll that have made May Suriname’s worst month during the pandemic.
Suriname has administered just over 90,000 vaccines for a rate of 15.35 doses per 100 people, with 3.18 per cent of the population of 591,560 being fully vaccinated. Suriname is to receive more than 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the Netherlands in the coming week.
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