Worldwide COVID-19 death toll passes 900,000
Published: 12:37 PM, 10 September 2020
The global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has passed 900,000 since it first appeared in China late last year.
According to an AFP tally late Wednesday based on official statistics, A total of 900,052 COVID-19 deaths have been registered worldwide on Wednesday, from 27,711,866 declared cases of the virus.
Latin American and the Caribbean are the worst-hit regions, accounting for 300,340 deaths, followed by Europe with 219,616 fatalities, according to the tally.
Meanwhile, a Reuters tally showed that the United States remains the world’s worst-affected country, with deaths exceeding 190,000 and cases exceeding 6.3 million. Brazil is in second place with more than 127,000 deaths followed by India with nearly 74,000 dead.
An average of more than 5,600 people die each day from COVID-19, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the last two weeks. The rate of deaths is holding steady taking 18 days to climb from 800,000 to 900,000 deaths. It took 17 days to go from 700,000 to 800,000.
India’s fatality rate is around 1%, while Brazil and the United States have mortality rates of around 3%, in line with the world average.
While both deaths and cases in the United States are down from a July peak, cases are rising in about 40% of the country, exacerbated in part by a return of students to college towns. - AFP, Reuters