Record number of COVID deaths globally

09:03, 20 January 2021
Record number of COVID deaths globally Photo: Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa

Over the past week, 93,000 COVID-related deaths have been recorded in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Globally, 4.7 million new cases were reported in the past week, a decline of 6% from last week, and the number of new deaths has climbed to a record high at 93 000, a 9% increase from last week. This brings the cumulative numbers to over 93 million reported cases and over 2 million deaths globally since the start of the pandemic, reads a daily bulletin of the organization dated January 19.

Compared to last week, mortality increased by 9%. About half (47%) of all victims of the infection account for North and South America (43,804), while 37,698 people died with the coronavirus in Europe.

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