On Wednesday, the world death toll from the novel coronavirus surpassed a grim 700,000 milestone as the US, Brazil, India and Mexico continue to battle the largest epidemics of the virus.
According to Reuters tally, nearly 5,900 people are dying from the virus that causes COVID-19 every 24-hours as per calculations based on data collected from the past two weeks.
Every hour, 247 people are dying which translates to 1 person every 15 seconds on an average, as alarming as it sounds.
The World Health Organization earlier this week raised an anxious alarm as the world health body’s Director-General urged everyone to ‘do it all’ since there might be no ‘silver bullet at the moment’ referring to the widespread anticipation for the vaccine around the world.
In India, the third-biggest outbreak of the virus is just short of 2 million national caseloads at 1.90 million cases recorded so far. Several Indian states are on the steady rise in counting fresh infections daily. Lockdown in several states has been extended until August end.
According to the Times of India, India’s death toll, however, is almost 20 times lower than that of the US, despite India has been declared as the fastest-growing epidemic in the world.
On Wednesday, India recorded 52,779 fresh cases, the seventh consecutive day with over 50k new registered cases. However, there has been improvement in the recovery rate, that stands at over 66% as per federal health ministry data.
Meanwhile, coronavirus cases in the US are racing to touch the 5 million mark. Despite a patchy response in handling the pandemic’s exorbitant spread in America, President Donald Trump insists everything is under control as much as it can get in the US.
“This is a horrible plague,” Trump said in an interview with Axios news website. “They are dying, that’s true. It is what it is. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it.”
Trump self-acknowledged himself on banning ‘infected people from China’ in the US and even banning Europe, which ‘is not an easy thing to do,’ he told AXIOS correspondent in the interview.
In Brazil President Jair Bolsanor continues to downplay lockdown requirements and flout the magnitude of the situation, even after himself and several of his offcials have tested positive for the virus.
The US, Brazil and India together comprise almost 50% of the world COVID-19 caseload. Recently, nations including Australia, Hong Kong, Belgium, Izrael, Uzbekistan, Sudan, Bolivia among other countries have seen a surge in daily number of cases.