Nine months after the outbreak, the death toll from corona virus worldwide has crossed the one million mark. This is according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Four countries are responsible for about half of all deaths, according to reported data – the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico.
The U.S. last week reached more than 200,000 deaths, and more than 7 million people infected, more than any other country on earth. The world, and hit the global economy, while causing millions of unemployed, closing businesses and shutting down education systems.
Brazil is the country with the highest death toll in the world after the US, with more than 141,000 deaths from the plague.
India has reported more than 6 million patients so far, making it the second worst-hit country in the world after the US. The number of reported cases has been steadily growing since March, adding another 4 million infected in just two months – from July so far.
According to the Ministry of Health in India, over 95,000 people have died as a result of the virus. However, scientists in India warn that the numbers are incorrect and misleading. In Mexico, 76,000 people lost their lives.
More than 33 million cases have been reported worldwide, and outbreaks continue to affect many countries.
Europe, which became the second focus of the virus after China, imposed a series of restrictions on human movements during the first outbreak, in order to curb its spread. While the measures have been somewhat successful, a number of countries that were hit hard at an early stage – such as France, Spain and the UK – are now struggling to cope with a second wave.
To date, mortality rates in the second wave in Europe are still lower than the peak in April. Experts warn, however, of the consequences of the plague this coming winter.
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