BANGKOK – The death toll from COVID-19 on Monday exceeded 6 million – this emphasizes that the pandemic, which continues for the third year, is far from over.
The milestone is the last tragic reminder of the relentless nature of the pandemic even when people take off their masks, travel resumes and businesses reopen around the world.
According to estimates compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the last million deaths have been recorded in the last four months.
It’s a little slower than the previous million, but underscores that many countries are still battling the coronavirus.
Remote islands of the Pacific Oceanhave long been protected from the virus by their isolation, only now fighting their first outbreaks and deaths, fueled by a highly contagious version of omicron.
As mortality rates remain high in Poland, Hungary, Romania and other Eastern European countries, more than 1.5 million refugees have arrived in the region. war-torn Ukrainea country with poor vaccination coverage and a high incidence of deaths and deaths.
The The United States is approaching 1 million registered individual deaths, the largest official death toll in the world.
Despite the huge figure of 6 million deaths – more than the populations of Berlin and Brussels combined, or the state of Maryland alone – experts say the figure is likely to be significantly underestimated.
Due to poor record keeping and testing in many parts of the world, many deaths have not been attributed to COVID-19, and there are excessive deaths related to the pandemic, but not from actual COVID-19 infections, as people who died from the causes. which can be prevented but could not receive treatment because the hospitals were filled.
An analysis of excess deaths The Economist estimates that the number of deaths from COVID-19 is between 14 million and 23.5 million.
In total, about 450 million cases of COVID-19 have been recorded.
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