CAPE TOWN – The world has reached an agonizing milestone, says UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres.
Guterres’ statement comes after over one million people had died due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
According to data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University:
- Global cases: More than 33.27 million
- Global deaths: At least 1,000,825
- Top five countries: United States (over 7.1 million), India (over 6 million), Brazil (over 4.7 million), Russia (over 1.1 million), Colombia (over 818,000)
The U.S., India and Brazil remain the top three in cumulative confirmed cases, having recorded 7,044,327 cases, 6,145,291 cases and 4,732,309 cases respectively.
The U.S. also tops the fatality list with 203,620 deaths, accounting for 21 percent of global deaths. As of September 28, 2020, the United States had performed over 104 million tests for Covid-19, the second-highest number of any country worldwide. Russia has conducted around 45 million tests.
“The one-million death toll is a difficult moment for the world but there are glimmers of hope that encourage us now and in the near future,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
On Tuesday, India overtook Brazil and to become the second-worst affected country in the world, with more than four million cases. The pandemic had mostly remained in India’s cities, but the disease is now spreading to rural India, an area with over 850 million people and far worse healthcare.
Meanwhile, Countries across Europe are seeing a resurgence in Covid-19 cases after successfully slowing outbreaks early in the year.
France has declared 16,096 new cases on Thursday and the Netherlands 2,989 on Sunday, the highest figures they have recorded.
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