‘A tragic milestone’ has been reached as the SARS-CoV-2 virus that has caused the global pandemic for more than a year has taken four million lives on Wednesday.
BALTIMORE — According to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, the coronavirus has reached a death toll of four million. This figure is roughly equivalent to whole population of Los Angeles. The virus has grown more vicious as time passes as its body count has become more rapid. Previously, it took over nine months until it passed the million mark.
For three and a half months more it took two million lives, three months on the third, and finally, two and a half months for the fourth. Although the daily reported number of deaths has declined recently, it is believed that the actual number may be larger than the official reported figures.
“The numbers may not tell the complete story, and yet they’re still really staggering numbers globally,” says Jennifer B. Nuzzo, an epidemiologist at John Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. Through the number of deaths reported, she says, “lower-income countries have been much harder hit than their official numbers would suggest.”
The four million dead is called a tragic milestone on Wednesday. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization says this is due to the new, dangerous versions of the virus and the slow distribution of vaccines.
“Compounded by fast-moving variants and shocking inequity in vaccination, far too many countries in every region of the world are seeing sharp spikes in cases and hospitalizations,” says Dr. Tedros during a news conference. (HMP/The MiNT)
Featured image: On her knees. A woman prays before the cremation of a relative who died of COVID-19 in India.