COVID-19 death toll passes 5 mn

16:36, 01 November 2021
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On Monday, the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported 5,000,425 global deaths from the COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The new data comes just months after 4 million deaths from COVID-19 were recorded in June as 197,116 people died of COVID-19 worldwide in the past 28 days.

Almost a half of the death cases were detected in the US, EU, Britain, and Brazil where one-eighth of the world population live. The highest number of the 740,000 death cases were recorded in the US.

The World Health Organization officials at the recent G20 meeting claimed that there is an inequality in vaccine distribution between wealthy and low-income countries.

“The current vaccine equity gap between wealthier and low resource countries demonstrates a disregard for the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. For every 100 people in high-income countries, 133 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, while in low-income countries, only 4 doses per 100 people have been administered,” the WHO statement read.

In addition, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that Europe has shown a big growth of the disease in recent months: “It's another reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over."

Many countries manage to vaccinate a big part of their population and ease the restrictions while others vice versa are forced to impose lockdowns. 

Russia experienced its worst-ever pandemic situation. Last week the country reported the highest number of daily cases and deaths since the pandemic outbreak, with 40,402 cases and 1,155 deaths on November 1.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a government proposal for a one-week workplace shutdown to prevent the spreading of the COVID-19.

The measures starting from October 30 till November 7 could begin earlier and last further for certain regions to restrain COVID-19 spread as the authorities urge to persuade the public to get vaccinated.