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dc.description.abstractSince the onset of the pandemic in 2020 and up to 28 February 2023, a cumulative total of approximately 758 million COVID-19 cases including about 6.9 million deaths were reported from all six WHO regions. During epidemiological week (EW) 8, COVID-19 cases and deaths decreased in all six WHO regions. Globally, approximately 487,864 new COVID-19 cases were reported in EW 8 (19 February 2023 – 25 February 2023) - a -55.7% decrease compared to EW 7 (12 February 2023 - 18 February 2023) (Figure 1). For the same period, 4,454 new COVID-19 deaths were reported globally – a -45.9% relative decrease compared the previous week. In the region of the Americas, 354,851 cases and 3,758 deaths were reported in EW 8 – a -3.6% decrease in cases and -1.5% decrease in deaths compared to the previous week. At the subregional level, COVID-19 cases increased in two subregions – North America (3.5%) and Central America (4.6%). Deaths increased in one subregion – South America (89.7%) while they declined in the remaining three subregions (range: -39.5 - -17.1%). The overall weekly case notification rate for the region of the Americas was 34.7 cases per 100,000 population during EW 8 (36 the previous week). Between EW 8 and 7, the 14-day COVID-19 death rate was 7.4 deaths per 1 million population (8.1 the previous two weeks). Among 18 countries/territories in the region with available data, COVID-19 hospitalizations increased in 2 countries and territories (range: 5.4% - 100%) during EW 8 compared to the previous week. Among 16 countries and territories with available data, COVID-19 ICU admissions increased in 4 countries and territories (range: 18.2% - 100%).en_US
dc.subjectCoronavirus Infectionsen_US
dc.subjectCOVID-19 Vaccinesen_US
dc.subjectVaccination Coverageen_US
dc.subjectCaribbean Regionen_US
dc.titleWeekly COVID-19 Epidemiological Update: Issue 56 (28 February 2023)en_US
dc.rights.holderPan American Health Organizationen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenamePan American Health Organizationen_US
paho.publisher.countryUnited Statesen_US
paho.publisher.cityWashington, D.C.en_US
paho.contributor.departmentHealth Emergencies (PHE)en_US

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