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Covid-19 Kills One Person Every 15 Seconds

Covid-19 Kills One Person Every 15 Seconds

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;

  1. Countries that are alert, aware and prepared with rapid response to first cases, subsequently avoiding major outbreaks.
  2. Countries with major outbreaks that were brought under control through Covid-19 countermeasures.
  3. Countries that managed to suppress the infection curve but are facing new waves of cases.
  4. Countries that are in an “intense transmission phase” where outbreaks are out of control.

Read more:
Global coronavirus deaths exceed 700,000, one person dies every 15 seconds on average [Reuters]
WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 3 August 2020 [WHO]
WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 13 July 2020 [WHO]
Covid-19 Broke Record Infection Numbers [TRP]
Malaysia May Be Hit With 3rd Wave Of Covid-19 Infections [TRP]

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