More than 1.5 million people in the world have died from the coronavirus out of about 65 million infections since the start of the outbreak, according to two censuses made by AFP and Reuters on Thursday, while the World Health Organization called for caution despite the prospect of a vaccine.
AFP counted a total of 1,500,038 deaths out of 64,774,705 infections worldwide since the first cases were announced in China last December.
Among the regions of the world, Latin America and the Caribbean have the highest death toll, with 452,263 deaths, followed by Europe (430,060 deaths), and the United States and Canada (286,946 deaths).
Since November 24, there has been a recorded average daily death rate of more than ten thousand deaths, a level never recorded before.
This comes as the director of the World Health Organization in Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge, said that people should remain vigilant and continue to take basic precautions before the possibility of a vaccine for the coronavirus.
Kluge said that “the virus still has the potential to cause serious damage unless we do everything in our power to stop its spread.”
He added that the promises of vaccines are “exceptional” and countries must have a distribution plan.
It is noted at the outset that the vaccine supply will be limited, and “it is necessary to continue practicing basic preventive behaviors such as wearing masks,” he said.
Europe saw a wave of infections this fall, as many countries imposed new closures.
Kluge noted that while the number of new cases reported in Europe decreased for the third week in a row, the region still accounts for 40% of new cases in the world.
More than half of the deaths recorded during the last seven days occurred in Europe (36,446), which is experiencing a second wave of the epidemic.
The countries of the region most affected by the virus are Italy (5,017 deaths), Russia (3,515), Poland (3,220), France (3,198), and the United Kingdom (3,166).
The United States has the highest death toll in the world since the start of the pandemic (274,577), followed by Brazil (174,515), and India (138,648).
The highest death rate out of the total population is recorded in Belgium (146 deaths per 100,000 people), followed by Peru (109), Spain (98), Italy (96), and North Macedonia (89).
In the last seven days, more than two-thirds of the cases were recorded in Europe, the United States, and Canada.
The increase in infections can be justified by intensifying detection examinations in several countries. Despite this increase, a large proportion of less severe or asymptomatic patients are likely not detected.
According to Reuters, one death is recorded every nine seconds on average weekly. Half a million deaths were recorded in the past two months alone, indicating the continued severity of the pandemic.