Natural disasters and COVID-19 destroy the economy and the health sector in Central America

Natural disasters don’t stop during the pandemic; the countries of America suffer negative effects on the economy and health sector

The passing of the hurricanes Eta and Iota in less than two weeks for Central America leaves thousands of people even more exposed to COVID-19, especially for those who have lost the shelter of their homes and are facing from temporary shelters a virus that has claimed thousands of lives in America.

Oxfam warned this Wednesday that the isthmus, with 260 thousand positives so far, may suffer a possible increased infections as “consequence of the hurricanes and the overcrowding in shelters” where it calculates that there are about 30 thousand people.

The situation in Central America the panorama of the continent worsens, with figures that draw an ascending graph, 23.5 million cases and 682 thousand accumulated deaths, according to the daily report of the World Health Organization, unlike the decrease in cases and deaths in Europe.

By countries, in America, United States it has already exceeded 11 million positives and shows a third wave of infections; Brazil remains at 5.8 million, while Argentina exceeds 1.3 million positives, and Colombia it’s over 1.2 million.

Natural disasters do not stop in pandemic

Central America face the health crisis derived from COVID-19, at the same time that it attends, with many limitations due to its precarious health system, the emergencies that have left in the first two weeks of November the hurricanes Eta and Iota.

Various non-governmental organizations have expressed concern about the adverse effect of the COVID-19 and the passage of hurricanes. UNICEF warned a week ago about the risk of an increased spread of diseases, including COVID-19, in the hundreds of shelters enabled in the region.

The agency of the UN estimated that more than 110,000 people, including some 44,000 children, have been evacuated to temporary shelters in Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, Panama, Costa Rica Y The Savior, where biosecurity distances are difficult to maintain and concern for survival relegates the pandemic to the background.

For its part, Oxfam today called on the international community “to make effective” its aid to Central America where there are more than 260 thousand registered cases of COVID-19 and warned that it may suffer an increase in infections as a result of hurricanes and overcrowding in shelters.

It is calculated that Eta, which became a Category 4 hurricane, left at least 144 dead in the isthmus, 120 missing, destruction and soils saturated with water and more prone to landslides.

The havoc caused by Iota, which reached category 5, have not yet been accounted for, but in Nicaragua has already left at least 8 dead.

To the natural disasters, increasingly virulent as a result of the climate crisis, add the recurrence of diseases that further strain health systems, as in Paraguay, a country that is preparing for a new season of dengue, which this year will have to live with him COVID-19.

New York closes schools

In New York, the mayor of the city, Bill de Blasio, declared that it will close its schools starting Thursday as a “precaution” due to the increase in cases of COVID-19, that grow all over United States.

States like California, New Mexico, Oregon Y North Dakota, among others, have announced different measures to deal with this rebound, including the temporary business closure; the prohibition of physical activity in closed spaces, the limitation of it in open places and the suspension from extracurricular school activities.

Meanwhile, the outgoing president, Donald trump, follow ignoring the crisis of a pandemic out of control in most of the country, which has added more than 150 thousand cases a day for a week and where hospitalizations yesterday broke a new record of 73 thousand.

In total, the United States today exceeded a quarter of a million deaths, with 250 thousand 29 deaths due to COVID-19 and it nearly reaches 11.5 million confirmed cases, according to an independent tally from Johns Hopkins University.

The pandemic also worsens in Mexico, where it almost reaches 100,000 deaths and exceeds one million infections, and its impacts are felt in the economy that is dying with a cumulative fall of 9.6 percent of the Gross domestic product (GDP), with tens of millions of new poor people and the absence of a government economic policy to solve the problem.

The red light of the pandemic is also hanging over the Caribbean, where Jamaica today became the first country in the Caribbean Community (Caricom) in exceeding 10 thousand positive cases per COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Belize, Guyana, Surinam Y Trinidad and Tobago continue to add deaths and infected by the pandemic of COVID-19.

Chile Y Uruguay they are poles apart in the evolution of the pandemic. The first reported yesterday of 1,300 new cases and 20 deaths from COVID-19, and only 79 critically ill patients, one of the lowest figures in recent weeks.

Uruguay reached a new record for daily cases of COVID-19 with 104 infections and exceeded the barrier of 100 for the first time in the same day since the initial positives were announced and the health emergency was decreed on March 13.

To vaccinate 20 percent of Latin America would cost two billion dollars

The pharmaceutical Pfizer announced that his vaccine against COVID-19 It is 95 percent effective from 28 days after the first dose, according to a statement from the company itself, which already issued a first efficacy evaluation a few days ago.

Despite recent “good news” about the development of potential vaccines against the disease, vaccinate 20 percent of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean it will cost more than 2 billion dollars, reported the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which today urged to consider vaccines as a “smart and necessary” investment.

We know that delivering a vaccine will be challenging and expensive, ”PAHO Deputy Director Jarbas Barbosa declared at a press conference.

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