Global Covid-19 death toll surpasses 4 million

Covid-19 related deaths worldwide have passed a grim milestone of 4 million on Thursday, news agency Reuters reported, as many nations struggle to procure enough vaccines to inoculate their citizens.

While the number of new cases and fatalities has declined in countries like the United States and Britain, several countries have a shortage of vaccines as the Delta variant becomes the dominant strain worldwide.

According to a Reuters analysis, it took more than a year for the Covid-19 death toll to hit 2 million, while the next 2 million were registered in just 166 days.

The top five countries with a total number of deaths, the US, Brazil, India, Russia and Mexico, constitute almost 50% of all deaths globally. At the same time, Peru, Hungary, Bosnia, the Czech Republic and Gibraltar have the highest fatality rates when altered for the population.

As per a Reuters report, countries in Latin America face the worst outbreak since March, with 43 positives for every 100 infections in the world being recorded. The top nine countries that reported the most deaths per capita over the last week were all from Latin America.

Hospitals in Bolivia, Chile and Uruguay are broadly seeing coronavirus patients between the age group of 25 and 40 as the trend toward younger patients continued. In Brazil’s Sao Paulo, 80% of intensive care units (ICU) occupants are Covid-19 patients.

Increasing deaths have strained the operating capacity of crematoriums in several developing nations and gravediggers in countries are forced to expand cemeteries with row after row of new tombs.

India and Brazil report the most deaths each day on a seven-day average and are still troubled with cremation woes and lack of burial space. According to a Reuters analysis, India alone accounts for one in every three deaths reported worldwide each day.

While several health experts believe that the official death toll is undercounted globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) last month estimated fatalities to be much more higher.

Last week, Bihar in India raised its Covid-19 death toll sharply higher after discovering thousands of cases were unreported, concerning that India’s overall death toll is significantly more than the official figure, Reuters reported.

(Inputs from agencies)

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