COVID-19 Deaths Surpass Five Million Worldwide

More than five million people around the world have died from COVID-19, data from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Coronavirus Resource Center revealed.

JHU’s global tally of COVID-19 deaths reached 5,004,447 on Nov. 1, with 197,116 deaths recorded in the past 28 days.

The tally also showed that the United States has recorded the highest number of deaths in any country, with 746,747 confirmed in total, followed by Brazil with 607,860 deaths and India with 458,470 deaths.

Data from JHU also showed that the global cases has reached 247,068,934, with 11,755,583 cases recorded in the past 28 days.

On Oct. 28, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press briefing that the global tally of reported cases and deaths was increasing for the first time in two months due to an ongoing rise in Europe that outweighs declines in other regions.

Vaccines have slowed down the death rate, but some health experts warn that the actual death toll could be higher.

“It’s another reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over,” Tedros said, urging for equitable access to tools needed to combat the virus, such as tests, treatments, and vaccines.

“Inequities in access could lead to millions more deaths, deaths that could be averted,” Tedros said.

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