Covid: Global death toll reaches three million

The global death toll from Covid-19 has topped three million people amid a series of setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign.

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Worldwide deaths are rising quickly again, running at 12,000 per day

The global death toll from Covid-19 has topped three million people amid a series of setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign.

The number of lives lost from the coronavirus, as compiled by Johns Hopkins University in the US, is equivalent to the entire population of Madrid or Kyiv.

The true number is believed to be significantly higher because many cases overlooked in the early stages of the outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019.

Today, they are under way in more than 190 countries, though progress in bringing the virus under control varies widely.

While the campaigns in the US and Britain have hit their stride and some are able to contemplate life after the pandemic, other places are lagging behind in putting shots in arms and have been forced to impose new lockdowns.

Places such as Brazil, India and France have renewed restrictions on movement as Covid hospitalisations soar again from a so-called “third wave” of infections.

Worldwide, deaths are on the rise again, running at around 12,000 per day on average, and new cases are climbing too, eclipsing 700,000 a day.

“This is not the situation we want to be in 16 months into a pandemic, where we have proven control measures,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, one of the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s leaders on Covid-19.

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