Health

Global COVID-19 death toll crosses 4 million

The total COVID-19 death toll is equivalent to number of people killed in all of world’s wars since 1982

 
By DTE Staff
Published: Friday 09 July 2021

The global death toll from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic crossed the four million mark on July 8, 2021. The total death toll is equivalent to the number of people killed in all of the world’s wars since 1982.

The United States, with the highest death toll at 606,000, accounts for 15 per cent of the global death toll. The US is followed by Brazil, where 520,000 people have died due to the disease. 

India has the third-highest death toll at 405,028. In the past few weeks, the mutated Delta variant of coronavirus is spreading rapidly around the world. The World Health Organization has warned that the highly transmissible Delta variant could hamper the efforts to contain the pandemic despite vaccination.

Many developing countries such as Indonesia are struggling to contain the outbreak. The governments of these countries are struggling to get sufficient vaccine doses for their population.

The new variants, uneven access to vaccines and relaxation of precautions in rich countries can be very dangerous, the WHO warned.

 

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