Global Covid-19 death toll surpasses 4 million

Global Covid-19 death toll surpasses 4 million
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Daily US Times: More than 4 million people have died of Covid-19 around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

In total, three countries account for more than a third of all global deaths by Covid-19. The US, which has the highest number of deaths at 606,000, accounts for 15% of the global total, followed by Brazil and India.

The grim milestone comes as new deaths and cases are dropping in Europe and the US, where significant numbers of residents have been vaccinated against Covid-19. But some developing countries, such as Indonesia, are still facing surging coronavirus outbreaks, as authorities struggle to secure enough vaccines to protect its people.

The Delta variant, a more transmissible and possibly more dangerous strain of coronavirus which was first found in India, is also contributing to an increase in cases in some countries and regions. In the United States, the Delta variant now makes up more than half of all new infections, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

An average of 7,900 coronavirus related deaths were reported each day over the past week, according to Johns Hopkins University.

That is nearly half of than the global peak of more than 14,700 daily deaths in January, but 57% higher than the pace of about 5,000 daily deaths from this time last year.

On September 18, 2020, the global death toll exceeded 1 million, 191 days after the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic.

It took 115 days for the global death toll to hit 2 million landmark, 88 days to surpass 3 million, and another 89 days to reach 4 million.

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