Coronavirus global death toll passes 1m mark

The coronavirus death toll has passed the symbolic 1m mark, a grim milestone in a pandemic that shows little sign of being brought under control.

More than eight months after the first confirmed Covid-19 fatality in the Chinese city of Wuhan, data from Johns Hopkins University published on Tuesday showed deaths globally now exceeded 1m, with more than 33m cases counted.

The US accounts for more than 200,000 of the deaths, followed by Brazil, with 142,000 confirmed casualties. The UK is fifth, with more than 42,000 dead.

“Our world has reached an agonising milestone,” said António Guterres, UN secretary-general, calling the 1m mark “a mind-numbing figure”.

“We must never lose sight of each every individual life,” he said, adding that “the pain has been multiplied by the savageness of the disease [with] no end in sight”.

Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said the death toll was likely to be “much higher” than the figures suggested. “We must not forget that this pandemic is still accelerating and shows no signs of slowing down,” he said.

After taking hold in Wuhan at the start of the year, coronavirus spread rapidly to western Europe, the US and other parts of the world — leading to an unprecedented global lockdown and massive economic…

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