COVID deaths exceed 3 million worldwide

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The death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 3 million worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The World Health Organization places the grim figure still slightly below 3 million, but continues to warn of the lingering threat of the virus.

“It’s growing exponentially,” WHO COVID expert Maria Van Kerkhove said this week. “This is not the situation we wanted to be 16 months after the start of a pandemic, where we have proven control measures.”

Global deaths attributed to the virus are on average around 12,000 per day and are on the rise, with Brazil being one of the most notable global hot spots.

The South American nation of more than 200 million people suffers an estimated 3,000 deaths per day, or a quarter of the world total. Health officials fear that deaths around the world are actually greater, due to government crackdown or countless cases, the AP reports.

Relatives attend the burial of a victim of COVID-19 at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Amazonia state, Brazil on April 15, 2021.
Relatives attend the burial of a COVID-19 victim at Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Amazon state, Brazil.
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New York City, meanwhile, is reporting a drop in COVID across all areas, with 985 hospitalizations and 264 deaths in the past week, well below recent weekly averages and the previous month.

More than 5.6 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in New York City. All New Yorkers aged 16 and over can now be vaccinated.

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