'If we relax' 2021 will be worse than last year for pandemic - PAHO

FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker checks on patients inside an oxygen tent outside the emergency room at the Community Hospital of Huntington Park during a surge in positive coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Huntington Park, California, U.S. December 29, 2020. REUTERS/Bing Guan/File Photo reuters_tickers
This content was published on January 13, 2021 - 18:47

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A surge in COVID-19 infections is hitting nearly all countries in the Americas, the head of the Pan American Health Organization said Wednesday, adding that the pandemic's toll in 2021 could be worse than last year if containment efforts relax.

(Reporting by David Alire Garcia; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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