Coronavirus claims more than 1 million deaths


Since the start of the corona epidemic, more than 1 million people worldwide have died from Covid-19. This is shown by figures from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

The counter at Johns Hopkins University passed the milestone of 1 million deaths just before 3 a.m. Belgian time on Tuesday, nine months after China first reported the disease. There are currently 1,001,644 official deaths. The real figure is even higher.

Some countries report a lower number of deaths than in reality, for political reasons or lack of capacity. In addition, countries also use different counting systems. A global analysis of excess mortality, the number of people who have died more compared to the average of the past years, can shed a better light on the actual number of deaths.

Heartbreaking milestone

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called the 1 million mark a ‘heartbreaking milestone’. He called on everyone worldwide to continue to adhere to the measures and to wear a mouth mask. “We can overcome this challenge,” he said.

The most fatalities occurred in the United States (205,000), followed by Brazil (142,000) and India (95,000). The virus is most fatal to a specific segment of the population: the elderly, frail and those with underlying conditions.

The most infections have also been found in the US: more than 7.1 million. Worldwide there are more than 33 million confirmed cases. The actual number of infections is also a lot higher.

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