Corona virus death toll reaches 4 million worldwide with variable delta spread
Delta variant is spreading in some countries where vaccines are delayed, causing a ‘death wave’, World Health Organization Leader Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday.
Variants are currently winning the race against vaccines due to uneven production and distribution of the vaccine. Gebresos said At its bi-weekly conference in Geneva. “It didn’t have to be this way and it doesn’t have to be this way to move forward.”
The death toll is roughly the number killed in every battle since 1982, according to estimates by the Peace Research Institute Oslo and more than three times the number of people killed in traffic accidents around the world each year.
Even so, it is widely believed to be undercounted due to overlooked cases or deliberate concealment.
Global death rates are currently less than half the highest point in January, with more than 18,000 deaths per day before vaccines are readily available.
However, the variant has also spread to countries with high vaccination rates such as the United Kingdom, Israel and the United States, spreading among the remaining unvaccinated populations.
Indeed, Britain recorded a single-day total this week of more than 30,000 new infections for the first time since January, even as the government prepares to lift all remaining lockdown restrictions in England later this month.
Israel was forced to reissue the indoor mask order last month amid a surge in cases after it was lifted, according to Times of Israel.
Meanwhile, the United States and other rich countries have agreed to share at least a billion doses with struggling countries that do not have access to injections.
The United States has the highest number of reported deaths in the world, with over 600,000, or nearly 1 in 7 deaths, followed by Brazil with more than 520,000, although the real numbers are believed to be much higher in Brazil, where the president’s government Jair Bolsonaro, far-right. I’ve always underestimated the virus.
Anne Lindstrand, the World Health Organization’s senior immunization official, warned that the differences, unequal access to vaccines and loosening of precautions in wealthier countries are “a very toxic and dangerous combination”.
Rather than treating the crisis as a “me, me, and my country” problem, she said, “we need to be serious that this is a global problem that needs global solutions.”
The Associated Press and Paul Best of Fox News contributed to this report.