Global Coronavirus Death Toll Has Officially Reached One Million People
One million people have been killed by the coronavirus.
Official numbers from from the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University have declared the pandemic has officially reached the grim milestone.
Since Covid-19 was discovered in December in Wuhan, China, it has spread across the globe and plunged many countries into economic and social chaos.
The country most affected by the disease is the United States of America, with 7.2 million cases as well as 208,000 deaths. Followed behind the US is India, with 6.1 million cases and 96,000 cases - which is concerning considering the country was late in getting cases.
Brazil has 4.7 million cases and 142,000 deaths.
Out of the 33.2 million global cases, 9.2 million of them are still active.
An investigation from the New York Times has revealed that the true number of people who have died from the coronavirus could be much higher.
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Based off mortality data from 32 countries, authorities could add 263,000 more deaths to the official toll.
The trajectory of new infections hasn't get tapered off in the US or India, meaning we could be stuck with the coronavirus and see many more deaths in the next few months.
Europe has started to experience a new wave of infections, with places like France and the Spain both seeing massive spikes in new cases.
The UK has started to tighten restrictions on people's social movements, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling on world leaders to be proactive in stamping out second waves before they take hold.
He's led calls for an independent investigation to look into how the virus started to hopefully prevent another pandemic in the future.
"With nearly a million people dead, with colossal economic suffering already inflicted and more to come, there is a moral imperative for humanity to be honest and to reach a joint understanding of how the pandemic began, and how it was able to spread - not because I want to blame any country or government or to score points," Johnson said on the weekend at the United Nations General Assembly.
"I simply believe - as a former COVID patient - that we all have a right to know so that we can collectively do our best to prevent a recurrence."
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