The analysis of PAHO data is carried out by comparing 14 weeks of the first wave - when the virus began to spread in March 2020 - with the same number of weeks of the current third wave and that began to affect between June and July of 2021.
Regarding the number of deaths, PAHO highlights that week 14 of the first wave recorded an incidence of 47.2 deaths per million inhabitants, while in the third, in week 14, there was an incidence of 11.22 deaths.
"The mortality rate per million inhabitants shows a significant decrease in the third wave, even in the five weeks with the highest incidence of cases, probably because the elderly and the most vulnerable have been vaccinated," the agency's report states. international.
On the other hand, the statistics show that the third wave does register a significant increase in cases compared to the first.
"They reflect a significant increase in the incidence of cases in the third wave in the first 11 weeks compared to the first, and that are in the order of 101%, 176% and 183% in the corresponding weeks 5, 6 and 7.”
In the case of week 5, the incidence of infections per 100,000 inhabitants is 26.4 in the first wave compared to 74.7 in the third.
Week 13 was the one with the highest incidence during the first wave with an incidence of 185.3 per 100 thousand inhabitants, while the same week of the third showed 168.5.