More than 1 million people have died of Covid-19 since the coronavirus was first identified in China late last year. This is based on data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
With more than 200,000 deaths, the US continues to lead the global death toll, followed by Brazil with 142,000 and India with 95,500, the balance sheet on Monday showed.
“One million is a terrible number and I think we need to think about it,” said Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s health emergencies program, during a news conference Friday.
Last week, when 7 million cases were confirmed in the US, experts warned that a second surge this fall and winter could be disastrous for the country as hospitals may be forced to close or cut key services.
And the global pandemic shows no signs of easing – on the contrary.
Countries around the world are experiencing new waves of infection, and scientists are intensifying their efforts to provide an effective vaccine.
The The World Health Organization has warned that the global death toll could double to 2 million before a successful vaccine is widely available, and that it could be even higher without concerted action to contain the pandemic.
It is “not only imaginable, but unfortunately and unfortunately very likely,” said Ryan.
But Ryan added that many steps can be taken to control the spread of the disease, along with advances in treatment that could keep the death toll low.
“The real question is whether we are collectively ready to do whatever we can to avoid this number. Are we ready to be fully involved in monitoring, auditing, tracking and managing our own risks at the societal and local level ? ” he said.
The global death toll could already be higher than stated.
In Mexico, which has the fourth highest death toll in the world at 76,430, Deputy Health Minister Hugo López-Gatell said on Sunday that final data will not be available for “a few years”.
Mexico conducts few tests, and many people die without a test – meaning many coronavirus deaths go unconfirmed and add to a significant undercount.
Describing the final death toll as “one of those technical details”, López-Gatell said the pandemic “cannot be measured”.
Unlike the US and other countries where the pandemic has killed tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands, in China, where the pandemic originated, the reported death toll was much lower.
There have been 4,634 deaths and more than 85,000 cases since the pandemic began, according to the country’s health commission.
President Donald Trump has accused China of trying to cover up the outbreak in its early stages, and he has accused Beijing and the WHO of not acting early enough to prevent the virus from spreading around the world, leading to growing tensions between contributing to the United States and China.
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Tight restrictions imposed by governments around the world to contain the virus have simultaneously devastated the global economy, hurting labor markets and businesses of all sizes.
The World Bank has called the pandemic “the” greatest economic shock The world has had experience for decades and “forecasts a decline in global gross domestic product of more than 5 percent for 2020.
While mass testing programs have been introduced in some countries, a surge in new cases across Europe has led some governments to struggle even more to ensure tests are available.
Colleges in the United States reported thousands of new cases days after their doors opened last month, driven by students socializing with little or no social distance.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison had more than 2,800 confirmed student cases as of Friday. At Kansas State University, more than 2,200 students have been quarantined or isolated. The University of Missouri has recorded more than 1,500 confirmed cases among students since class began.
In the UK, Manchester Metropolitan University students were told to self-isolate for 14 days after 127 tests positive for Covid-19. And the University of Glasgow has offered residents a rental discount and assistance in securing food and medical care for self-isolating students.
The virus has also turned sporting events around the world upside down, and fans have been unable to attend due to social distancing restrictions.
Last week, Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Japan was determined to host the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 after the games originally scheduled for this summer were postponed due to the pandemic.
The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday unveiled a plan for an optimized event amid the pandemic.
In France, despite the increasing number of cases, the French Open tennis tournament, postponed from the usual dates in late May to early June on Sunday due to the pandemic, started on Sunday with just 1,000 viewers a day, compared with tens of thousands who normally attended.
Australia is now showing signs of progress. Melbourne’s second largest city has eased lockdown restrictions further after a surge in coronavirus cases.
The city and surrounding parts of rural Victoria were strictly cordoned off last month, schools and unnecessary businesses were closed, a night curfew was imposed and public gatherings were banned. The restrictions should be relaxed over the weekend.
Some countries doing better than others depends on the effectiveness of public health policies, said Linda Bauld, professor of public health at the University of Edinburgh.
But Bauld said many of these measures, like robust contact tracing and isolating positive patients, rely on people who follow guidelines and regulations.
“In order for citizens to be able to do this, there needs to be good information that is consistent and from reliable sources,” she added. “Governments will only be successful if they take people with them, especially the longer the crisis lasts.”