Global death toll from epidemic tops 4 million with Delta variant rampant

The British media counted that the number of deaths from Wuhan pneumonia (novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19) reached the grim milestone of 4 million worldwide on the 17th, and while the number of confirmations and deaths decreased in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, some countries are experiencing vaccine shortages as the Delta variant of the virus (Indian variant) becomes a major prevalent strain around the world.

Reuters reported that it took more than a year to reach 2 million deaths from pneumonia in Wuhan worldwide, but it took only 166 days to go from 2 million to 4 million to reach that record. The top 5 countries in terms of total deaths from the epidemic are the United States, Brazil, India, Russia and Mexico, accounting for about 50% of global deaths, while Peru, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic and Gibraltar have recently raised their death rates.

The Reuters analysis shows that Latin American countries are facing their worst outbreak since March, with 43 of every 100 infections worldwide occurring in Latin America, and the nine countries with the highest number of deaths per capita last week are all in Latin America.

India and Brazil are the countries with the highest average number of reported deaths per day and continue to be plagued by cremation problems and a lack of cemeteries. The data show that India accounts for about 1 in 3 of the world’s daily reported deaths from the epidemic.

Poor countries are having difficulty vaccinating their populations due to vaccine shortages, and these countries are calling on wealthy countries to donate vaccines to control the outbreak.