Global COVID-19 Death Toll Exceeds 4 Mn
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Fri 18th June 2021 | 10:15 AM
LONDON, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM - 18th Jun, 2021) Coronavirus-related deaths worldwide passed a grim milestone of 4 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, as many countries struggle to procure enough vaccines to inoculate their populations.
While the number of new cases and deaths have abated in countries like the United States and Britain, several nations have vaccine shortages as the Delta variant becomes the dominant strain around the world.
The top five countries by total number of deaths – the United States, Brazil, India, Russia and Mexico – represent about 50 percent of all deaths in the world, while Peru, Hungary, Bosnia, the Czech Republic and Gibraltar have the highest death rates when adjusted for population.
India and Brazil are the countries reporting the most deaths each day on a seven-day average and are still troubled with cremation woes and lack of burial space. India accounts for one in every three deaths reported worldwide each day, according to a Reuters analysis.
As poorer nations struggle to inoculate their populations due to vaccine shortages, wealthier countries have been urged to donate more to control the pandemic.
"The Primary issue in the Americas is vaccine access, not vaccine acceptance," Pan American Health Organisation Director Carissa Etienne said Wednesday, urging donor countries to send shots as soon as possible.
The Group of Seven (G7) rich nations had pledged to provide 1 billion COVID-19 vaccinations to help poorer countries vaccinate their populations.