The impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic surpassed the grim milestone of a total death toll of a million on Tuesday, according to official data, as the pandemic that first emerged in China at the end of last year, had devastated the global economy, has completely strained the health systems and changed the way people live.
So far this year, the number of people who have succumbed to the pandemic is now double the number of people who die of malaria annually with an increase in the death rate because of the pandemic in recent weeks with an increase in infections in a number of countries.
“Our world has reached an agonizing milestone,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement.
“It’s a mind-numbing figure. Yet we must never lose sight of each and every individual life. They were fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, brothers and sisters, friends and colleagues,” he said.
The number of deaths from Covid-19 has doubled from half a million within just three months which marked an exponential growth rate of deaths since the first death from the disease was reported from China in early January.
According to official figures based on September averages the funeral businesses and cemeteries have been overwhelmed whit more than 5,400 people dying every 24 hours across the world because of the pandemic. That is equal to death of about 226 people an hour, or one person every 16 seconds. 340 people die on average in the time it takes to watch a 90-minute soccer match.
The possibility of concealment of cases of infection and deaths by some countries and inadequate testing and recording of infections could mean that the actual figures for deaths and cases globally could be significantly greater than the official figures, claims some experts.
The pandemic has pitted to sensitive issues for countries and politicians – the health measures such as lockdowns against the issue of sustaining politically sensitive economic growth, and each country has seemingly differed in their approach.
In recent weeks all social distancing measures have been lifted by the governments of the United States, Brazil and India which together account for almost 45 per cent of the total Covid-19 deaths globally.
“The American people should anticipate that cases will rise in the days ahead,” U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned on Monday. The number of death due to the pandemic in the US as of late Monday was at 205,132 and infections at 7.18 million.
On the other hand, the highest daily growth in infections in the world was recorded by India where 87,500 new cases have been reported every day on an average since the beginning of September. At this rate, India will overtake the US as the worst country in terms of Covid-19 infections in the world by the end of the year even though the Indian government has been pushing ahead with the lifting of lockdown norms in the country in an effort to kick start th economy of the country.
The death toll due to Covid-19 in India is at 96,318 but despite this the fatality rate of the country is lower than that of the United States, Britain and Brazil. The smallest rise in the in deaths since August 3 was reported by India on Tuesday and this has baffalled experts because the country is still opening up.
(Adapted from Reuters.com)