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The number of people who have died worldwide as a result of the coronavirus has passed the one million mark. This is according to a census from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The virus emerged in China at the end of last year and then spread around the world. At the end of June, half a million people had died from Covid-19 and by mid-August, three-quarters of a million.

The most victims (nearly 205,000) were in the United States, followed by Brazil (almost 142,000), India (over 95,000) and Mexico (over 76,000).

In fifth and sixth place are the United Kingdom, with more than 42,000 deaths, and Italy (almost 36,000). In the Netherlands, according to figures from the university, 6415 people have died of the virus.

The most infections have also been found in the US: more than 7.1 million. India, Brazil and Russia will follow.

The British news agency Reuters reports that the death toll from the corona virus this year is now double the annual death toll from malaria. The number of Covid patients dying of the disease has been increasing in recent weeks as the number of infections in several countries is rapidly increasing.

“Our world has reached an agonizing milestone,” UN chief Antontio Guterres said in a statement. “It’s a staggering figure. We should never lose sight of each individual life. They were fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, siblings, friends and colleagues.”

Based on the averages for the month of September, according to Reuters, more than 5,400 people worldwide die every day from the effects of the new coronavirus. That equates to 226 people per hour, or one person every 16 seconds.

Experts are concerned that the actual death toll is higher than the official one due to a lack of testing and the possibility that some countries are hiding the actual numbers.

The pandemic has hit the global economy unprecedented, overburdening healthcare systems and radically transforming the lives of people around the world. The high death toll has led to a change in funeral rites worldwide, with over-demanding funeral homes, overcrowded cemeteries and making it impossible for relatives to personally say goodbye to their deceased loved ones.

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