Not mere numbers: global COVID-19 fatalities surpass 500k

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On Sunday, the world crosses two sobering milestones – 500,000 deaths, and over 10 million cases of coronavirus across the world. Even after such a morbid record, experts warn, the worst is yet to come.

Of all the cases, half are from the US and Europe, according to AFP tally. In just six days, the world has recorded over 1 million cases as the rate continues to rise. Europe is the hardest hit continent with 2,637,546 cases including 195,975 fatalities. The US is the hardest-hit country with 2,510,323 infections including 125,539 deaths, according to reports.

Even amid such a record number of cases, experts warn the worst is yet to comes. AFP notes that their tally, with the data collected from global sources possibly reflect only a “fraction” of what the present scenario is.

Tests are being made largely on serious to symptomatic patients, while evidence suggests the virus has notorious asymptomatic manifestations. In a recent report, The American Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced that as per their tally, the number of coronavirus infections in the U.S. could be just 10 times more than what is reported. This comes as America experiences a ‘disturbing surge’ of COVID-19 cases in some states.

Mural of a Coronavirus caricature with a medical front-line worker in Iran (Photo by Ashkan Forouzani on Unsplash)

“The next couple of weeks are going to be critical to address those surges that we’re seeing in Texas, Florida, Arizona, and other states,” America’s infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci was quoted as saying.

A recent WHO statement says Eastern Mediterranean Region has recorded over 1 million cases across 22 countries in the region, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory, and Oman. “One million people have been infected, tens of thousands have died, and many more are still at risk in our Region,” WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari said in a statement.

In the UK cases are seeing an upsurge. Britain is reportedly grappling with the idea to put the city of Leicester in lockdown amid a growing number of cases.

In Africa as well cases are on the rise. Figures released by the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes more than 371,000, including 9,484 deaths, AP reports. China has apparently bough the new domestic surge under control with currently 12 active cases.

Global cases are currently counting at 10,154,984 with 5.1 million has recovered.