In total, three countries account for more than a third of all deaths worldwide. The United States, which has the highest death toll with 606,000, accounts for 15% of the world total, followed by Brazil and India.
The Delta variant, a more transmissible and possibly more dangerous strain of coronavirus, is also contributing to an increase in cases in some countries and regions. In the United States, the Delta variant now accounts for more than half of all new infections, according to estimates from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
An average of 7,900 Covid-19 deaths have been reported each day over the past week, according to JHU. That’s 46% lower than the global peak of more than 14,700 daily deaths in January, but 57% higher than the pace of around 5,000 daily deaths around the same time last year.
Given the difficulty in accurately tracking the spread of the virus, especially in developing countries, many experts believe the global death toll is likely significantly higher than the officially reported number.
In a statement released Thursday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the pandemic is “far from over,” warning of the emergence of more transmissible and deadly variants that are more likely to undermine the effectiveness of current vaccines if the virus is allowed to continue to spread.
“Vaccines offer a silver lining – but most of the world is still in the dark. The virus goes beyond vaccine distribution, ”he said, calling for a global plan to boost vaccine production, ensure equitable distribution and fight vaccine hesitation.
“To achieve this plan, I am calling for an emergency task force that brings together all countries with vaccine production capacities, the World Health Organization, the GAVI Global Vaccine Alliance and financial institutions. international organizations capable of dealing with relevant pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers, and other key stakeholders, ”he said.