Over 700,000 people have died from Covid-19.
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Global Covid-19 fatalities have surpassed 700,000 people and it is estimated that the virus is currently killing one person, every 15 seconds.
What you need to know: International news agency, Reuters, calculated that on average, almost 5,900 people have died from Covid-19 in the past two weeks – equating to 247 lives taken per hour or one soul every 15 seconds. Globally more than 18 million people have been infected with Covid-19 while nearly 11 million people have recovered from the virus. Apart from Canada, the Americas are now the epicenter of the pandemic.
Why it matters: The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that since January 2020, Covid-19 cases have increased five folds. The pandemic has also impacted healthcare services around the world, disrupting treatment for people with other medical conditions. WHO notes that almost 80% of recent coronavirus cases are coming from just 10 countries. Experts explained that there are 4 scenarios happening across the planet with each nation being affected by the pandemic differently;
- Countries that are alert, aware and prepared with rapid response to first cases, subsequently avoiding major outbreaks.
- Countries with major outbreaks that were brought under control through Covid-19 countermeasures.
- Countries that managed to suppress the infection curve but are facing new waves of cases.
- Countries that are in an “intense transmission phase” where outbreaks are out of control.
Global coronavirus deaths exceed 700,000, one person dies every 15 seconds on average [Reuters]
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