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Global Covid-19 Death Toll Passes One Million as Epidemics Accelerate

Global Covid-19 Death Toll Passes One Million as Epidemics Accelerate

GENEVA – The Covid-19 disease claimed its millionth victim, according to a compilation of official figures from around the world on Monday.
Epidemics are increasing in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, especially in India, which recorded its nine millionth case on Sunday.
The figure was reached on Sunday evening, according to the AFP.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned Sunday that the toll could climb to 2 million before a vaccine is available.
The first outbreak of Covid-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, emerged in the province around the city of Wuhan, killing a thousand people in one month, a toll heavier than the SARS epidemic of 2002-2003.
With more than 200,000, the United States has the highest official death toll to date, followed by Brazil with more than 138,000.
Latin American countries, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Ecuador, as well as Belgium and Spain, European countries, are on the list of the ten states with the highest per capita highest tolls.
Initially spared the worst of the outbreaks, Asia has seen a gradual increase in cases since April and has steadily recorded more than 1,000 deaths per day since July 20.
India is the worst affected country, with more than 1,100 deaths per day last week and total mortality of around 90,000.
Epidemics are accelerating in several European countries, including France, with 20% more new cases and 28% more deaths than the previous week.
States in the Middle East recorded 330 deaths last week, 18% more than the week before.
Africa, the epicentre of AIDS, the only other pandemic currently declared by the WHO, has been largely spared by Covid-19 so far.
Official figures show deaths on the continent have fallen to less than 200 a day after peaking at around 400 a day in early August.
In Oceania, the number of daily deaths has rarely exceeded 20.
Globally, the mortality curve has stabilized since early June, with around 5,000 deaths per day.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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