The global COVID-19 death toll surpassed 6 million on Monday, according to data from John Hopkins University.
However, global daily deaths have been declining over the past months. According to CNN, daily deaths are down from 11,000 a day to about 7,000 now, which is one of the lowest rates reported over the past year.
Unfortunately, this has still totaled about one million deaths over the past four months. Experts believe that official death tolls are probably an undercount. It has been estimated that about 1 in every 1,300 people globally have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic started.
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted, “It’s too early to declare victory over #COVID19. Many countries are facing high rates of hospitalization & death. With high transmission, the threat of a new, more dangerous variant remains real. We urge all people to exercise caution and all governments to stay the course.”
The United States has reported 960,000 total deaths, which is more than other countries. Brazil and Mexico are also high up on the list. The WHO’s update noted that deaths were falling in most regions of the world. However, deaths are rising in the Western Pacific and the Eastern Mediterranean.
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
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