Global Covid death toll hits five million as US sees 700,000 die from virus

Global deaths linked to Covid-19 topped 5 million on Friday, according to Reuters, with unvaccinated people particularly at risk of the highly transmissible variant Delta.

Ireland’s official death toll from Covid-19 stands at 5,249, with most deaths occurring in mid-2020 and January 2021. End of April 2020 saw the highest average death toll in Ireland with 70 deaths per day from the virus.

The United States recorded the highest number of deaths of any country in the world, as more than 700,000 American citizens lost their lives to the novel coronavirus on Friday. This equates to nearly one in seven deaths from the virus in the United States. The country has recorded more than 20 million cases of Covid-19.

Misinformation about vaccines has led a third of the American population not to take a vaccine. Cases and hospitalizations in the United States tend to drop, but health officials are bracing for a possible resurgence as cooler weather forces more activity indoors.

More than half of all deaths worldwide reported over an average of seven days have been in the United States, Russia, Brazil, Mexico and India.

The number of deaths from Covid-19 accelerated around the world in 2021 as it took just over a year for the death toll from Covid-19 to reach 2.5 million, while the 2, The next 5 million deaths were recorded in just under eight months, according to a Reuters analysis.

On average, 8,000 deaths have been reported worldwide daily over the past week, or about five deaths per minute. However, the global death rate has slowed in recent weeks.

In recent days, there has been an increasing emphasis on providing vaccines to poorer countries, where many people have yet to receive a first dose, even as their richer counterparts have started giving. reminders.

The variant revealed the large disparities in vaccination rates between rich and poor countries, and the result of reluctance to vaccinate in some Western countries.

More than half of the world has yet to receive at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to Our World in Data.

The World Health Organization said this week that its COVAX distribution program will, for the first time, distribute injections only to countries with the lowest levels of coverage.

Co-led by the WHO, COVAX has since January widely distributed the doses proportionally among its more than 140 beneficiary states according to the size of the population.

“For the October supply, we designed a different methodology, covering only participants with low sources of supply,” said Mariangela Simao, WHO deputy director general for vaccine access, in a recording of a conference presentation posted last week on the WHO website.

Russia reported 887 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, the highest single-day death toll it has recorded since the start of the pandemic and on the fourth day in a row it set that record. Only 33% of Russia’s eligible population received a first dose of the vaccine.

As a region, South America has the highest death toll in the world, accounting for 21% of all reported deaths, followed by North America and Eastern Europe each contributing more of 14% of all deaths, according to Reuters analysis.

However, India, one of the first countries ravaged by the Delta variant, has fallen from an average of 4,000 deaths per day to less than 300 as its vaccination campaign has rolled out.

About 47% of India’s eligible population received a first injection, with authorities administering around 7,896,950 doses per day over the past week, a Reuters analysis from Our World in Data showed.

The Delta variant is now the dominant strain worldwide and has been reported in 187 of 194 member countries of the World Health Organization.

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