Home Disease CoronaVirus (COVID-19) World COVID-19 deaths cross 1 million as WHO issues warning

World COVID-19 deaths cross 1 million as WHO issues warning

The world COVID-19 deaths have crossed 1 million as WHO warned of a further 1 million more in the coming months.

Nine months since the pandemic broke out Wuhan China, fatalities crossed 1 million on 28th September. This comes as infections topped 33 million.

Johns Hopkins university puts the deaths at 1,001,800.

Modern-day Disaster

The pandemic, described as one of the worst modern-day disasters, shattered economies across the world. It has single-handedly changed how corporates work, impacting how people live their lives.

Furthermore, it has seen science operate at unprecedented levels. A vaccine for the novel coronavirus could hit the public as early as next year. Usually, a vaccine takes close to ten years before it hits the masses.

Worst-hit countries

The United States leads, with over 203,000 deaths, while Brazil comes in second, with over 142,000 fatalities. Third, is India, with over 95,000 deaths. India has seen a surge not witnessed in any country since the pandemic broke out. The country looks set to overtake the US, having already crossed 6 million infections.

Mexico is fourth in fatalities, reporting in over 76,000 deaths, while the UK has over 42,000 deaths.

According to Spectrum News, the world sees an upwards of 5,000 daily deaths. And these figures come amidst knowledge of massive undercounting and under-testing.

WHO warns of 1 million more deaths

The WHO warned of a further 1 million deaths in the next nine months if countries relaxed the measures put in place to curb COVID-19.

Dr Mike Ryan, WHO’s Emergencies Head, said that failure by countries to enact a plan to stop the spread of COVID could see deaths spiral to 2 million.

While African countries appear to edge past the first wave, a second wave, more infectious, is ripping through Europe. Spain, the UK and France are all mulling a second lockdown as new cases spike.

The approval and distribution of a COVID vaccine still remains months away, experts say. Not until 2024 will most of the world have got their shot.

Related news

Kenya posts record recoveries as Covid deaths hit 1,500

Kenya has today set a very high record number of recoveries even as deaths hit the 1,500 mark. On a day that saw the country...

EU terms UK Pfizer vaccine approval as hasty

The European Union has criticised the move by the United Kingdom to approve the use of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine on its population. In news that...

Kenya to begin rapid COVID testing from end of December

Kenya has began making steps towards using rapid COVID testing kits to fight the coronavirus pandemic. According to sources at the Ministry of Health, the...


“I’m not sorry.” Bahati refuses to apologize to fans for staging...

Famous hit song maker Bahati has adamantly refused to apologize to his fans for duping them with a fake breakup between him and his...

Bensouda pushes for revival of Ruto’s ICC case

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is pushing for the revival of cases filed against Deputy President William Ruto and radio host...

CS Magoha revokes appointment of University Chairman months after appointment

Ministry of Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has revoked the appointment of Meru University Council Chairman Dr. Andrew Mokaya Maubi a few months...

How ex-KGB hackers use Dropbox to spy on us

The Russian hackers in particular siphoned off the computers of the foreign ministry of a country of the European Union. Eset security researchers have...

BBI signatures cross 4.7 million, Nyanza leads

Nyanza County, the backyard of Raila Odinga, one of the BBI Principals, has topped in the number of signatures collected. The signature collection exercise is...

Uhuru launches Covid-19 recovery plan, commissions ‘Africa’s tallest building’ in Hurlingham

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, December 4, launched the County Government post-Covid-19 socio-economic recovery plan that will be implemented over a period of 3...