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.
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.
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.