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Worries as COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 3 million Despite the ongoing Vaccination

Kevin Ochieng

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It is more than a year since the first case of coronavirus was reported in the world. Different countries have developed vaccines which have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). However it seems the virus is here to stay for a long period of time.

According to Reuters tally released on Tuesday, Coronavirus-related deaths worldwide crossed 3 million as the latest global resurgence of COVID-19 infections is challenging vaccination efforts across the globe.

Globally, COVID-19 fatality is on the rise once again with Brazil and India on the lead. 

According to a Reuters tally, it took more than a year for the worldwide coronavirus death toll to reach 2 million and the next 1 million deaths were reported within three months.

In the report released, Brazil is leading the world in the daily average number of new deaths reported and accounts for one in every four deaths worldwide each day.

“Indeed there is a very serious situation going on in Brazil right now, where we have a number of states in critical condition,” WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove told the press last week.

She added that many hospital intensive care units are more than 90% full.

The report also confirmed that India reported a record rise in COVID-19 infections on Monday. This made it the second nation after the United States to post more than 100,000 new cases in a day.

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some of its worst-affected state such as Maharashtra has began shutting down shopping malls, cinemas, bars, restaurants, and places of worship, as hospitals are being overrun by patients.

The European region, which includes 51 countries, has the highest total number of deaths at nearly 1.1 million.

In Europe, five countries including the United Kingdom, Russia, France, Italy and Germany constitute about 60% of Europe’s total Coronavirus-related deaths.

The United States has the highest number of deaths of any country at the world at 555,000. This accounts for 19% of all deaths due to COVID-19 globally. In the last three weeks, Covid-19 cases have risen in the country. However, health experts says the country’s rapid vaccination campaign is likely to prevent a rise in deaths. A third of the population has received at least one dose of a vaccine.

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