Global COVID-19 deaths cross 3 million-mark on April 17

April 17, 2021 | Updated 3:53 pm

Global COVID-19 deaths cross 3 million-mark on April 17 Health worker attends COVID patients in Delhi (File photo by ANI)

Baltimore: Global COVID-19 deaths have crossed the 3 million mark, according to the latest update by Johns Hopkins University on Saturday. According to the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), as of 1.50 pm IST, the total COVID-19 cases worldwide stand at 139,979,449 and the deaths across the world stand at 3,000,225. As many as 79,739,004 patients worldwide have recovered from the disease, according to the live dashboard.

The US continues to be the worst-affected country in the world reporting 31,575,640 cases. India, according to the tracker is the second-most affected country from the virus after the US reporting over 14.5 million cases. The US has the highest death toll from COVID-19 in the world reporting 566,224 deaths.

As per the data, each day more than 12,000 people lose their lives to COVID-19, while 700,000 new infections are registered daily. With more than 560,000 deaths, one in every six deaths is from America, while one in eight is from Brazil and one in every 17 death is reported from India.

The figures for cases across the world are slightly different. As many as 139,979,449 cases have been recorded by JHU (till April 17), which means that out of every five new infections, one comes from the US while one in every 10 new cases is reported from India.

There have been now seven consecutive weeks of increasing Covid-19 cases and four weeks of increasing deaths globally, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said last week adding that the coronavirus pandemic is ‘long from over’. “In January and February, the world saw six consecutive weeks of declining cases. We have now seen seven consecutive weeks of increasing cases, and four weeks of increasing deaths. Last week was the fourth-highest number of cases in a single week so far,” Tedros said during a briefing.

The WHO chief noted that several countries in Asia and the Middle East have seen large increases in cases. This is despite the fact that more than 780 million doses of vaccine have now been administered globally, he said.

(With ANI Inputs)