Global Covid-19 death toll passes 3 million as cases surge

Global Covid-19 death toll passes 3 million as cases surge
Source: AP
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Daily US Times: More than 3 million people around the world have died of Covid-19 since the start of the notorious pandemic, Johns Hopkins University data showed on Saturday.

With 566,224 deaths, the United States has the highest number of fatalities, followed by Brazil with 368,749 and Mexico with 211,693.

On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the coronavirus pandemic was at a “critical point” and warned that the world needed a reality check. After a brief decrease in March, the number of Covid-related deaths across the world is on the rise again, with an average of approximately 12,000 deaths, approaching the 14,500 daily death toll (seven-day rolling average) recorded at the end of January.

Countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom have seen their number of new daily deaths from Covid-19 falling since late January due to vaccination campaigns, whereas Brazil and India are facing unprecedented surges in infections.

In Brazil, some 3,000 Covid related deaths are reported every day, accounting for almost a quarter of the deaths reported daily worldwide. Since early March, the country has been the worst hit in the world in terms of new daily deaths globally.

The coronavirus pandemic is not showing any indication of slowing down, as the 7-day rolling average nears the all-time highs of January — over 730,000 daily new cases are being reported this week.

With 234,692 new coronavirus infections reported on Saturday, India, which has one of the biggest populations on earth, has close to three times the daily cases of the US.

India, on Saturday, also reported 1,341 new deaths, the highest single-day death toll barring June 17. 

On that day, June 17, a total 2,003 deaths were recorded in India in a single day due to clerical errors resulting in a backlog.

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