The global COVID-19 death toll surpassed six million on March 7, according to data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
Data from JHU showed that about one million deaths were recorded over the last four months as the world is in its third year into the pandemic.
“Six million is really unfathomable. These are real lives,” Dr. Beth Blauer, data leader at JHU COVID-19 Resource Center, said, according to the New York Times.
Data also showed that the United States has the highest COVID-19 death toll at 960,236.
New death tallies were dropping in several places as cases of highly contagious Omicron variant has reduced.
However, public health experts warned that the actual number of deaths could be higher.
“There’s a lot that we don’t know in places that don’t necessarily have the same infrastructure for fundamentally understanding the pandemic and reporting,” Dr. Blauer said.
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that although deaths were declining globally, it was “too early to declare victory over COVID-19.”
“Many countries are facing high rates of hospitalization and 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,” Tedros said.
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