In terms of known deaths caused by Coronavirus, the world passed a grim milestone on Wednesday. More than four million people globally have lost their lives due to COVID-19 as many countries still face the brunt of more transmissible delta variant.
Apart from the four million global deaths, the number of infections also exceeded the 185 million mark, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Although the daily death toll has come down to an extent, the world is still seeing more than 7,000 COVID-19 deaths every day. The pandemic related deaths have also seen an increase in pace with every million deaths. One million deaths were reported during the first nine months of the pandemic. The second million mark was touched in just three and half months. The three million mark crossed in three months and the four million mark was touched in just two and half months especially due to the ferocious second wave in India.
The United States still has the highest number of COVID-19 related deaths (6,06,475) followed by Brazil (5,30,179) and India (4,05,939). The real numbers in India and Brazil are believed to be much higher than has been reported.
"The world is at a perilous point in this pandemic," AP quotes WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as saying. Tedros called the four million figure an underestimate of the true toll.