By Nsunjo Erica
According to a Reuters tally, the global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 700,000 on Wednesday, with the United States, Brazil, India, and Mexico leading the rise in fatalities.
Nearly 5,900 people are dying every 24 hours from COVID-19 on average, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the past two weeks.
According to Reuters, data that equates to 247 people per hour, or one person every 15 seconds dying from the COVID-19 pandemic has been released.
The United States and Latin America are the new epicenters of the pandemic and both are struggling to curb the spread of the virus as they keep recording very high death cases every single day.
In the United States alone with over 330 million people, more than 155,000 people have succumbed to COVID-19 amid a patchy response to the public health crisis that has failed to stem a rise in cases.
Countries like Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Bolivia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Uzbekistan, and Israel are all recently recording increase in COVID-19 death cases.
Experts believe the pandemic’s true toll around the world is much higher because of testing shortages and data collection issues in some countries especially African countries.
According to the World Health Organization, even in countries where the situation has been largely brought under control, new outbreaks are prompting the return of restrictions.
Following a recent surge in cases, several countries have made the wearing of masks mandatory in all public places and told non-essential civil servants to work from home.
Current News On COVID-19 Vaccines
According to the World Health Organization, there are at least 21 vaccines currently under trial worldwide whereby every country and every lab is taking a different approach to finding the right solution to stop COVID-19.
US researchers reported that the first COVID-19 vaccine tested boosted up people’s immune systems just the way scientists had hoped and that the shots are poised to begin key final testing.
Russia also recently just completed its first COVID-19 vaccine trials on humans and it proved that the vaccine is safe, however, there was no other information on when this vaccine would enter commercial production.