The Americas accounts for 64 percent of officially reported coronavirus deaths across the world — despite having only 13 percent of the world’s population, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

Covid-19 instances from the Americas have reached almost 11.5 million since the area continues to carry the highest burden of the disease, WHO Regional Director Carissa Etienne said on Tuesday.

More than 400,000 people have died in the area as a result of the pandemic, she added, speaking at a virtual briefing from Washington with other Pan American Health Organization directors.

The largest drivers of this case counts are the United States and Brazil, ” she explained.

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As of Tuesday, the US had 170,575 deaths and 5,460,923 confirmed instances, and Brazil had 108,536 deaths and 3,359,570 instances, according to a Reuters tally.

A week ago, Etienne reported the area remained under the coronavirus grip, and half the daily 100,000 Covid-19 instances across the Americas were in the united states.

There were worrisome spikes in countries that had commanded the outbreaks, such as Argentina and Colombia, ” she explained.

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