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The Covid-19 pandemic has killed more than four million officially listed deaths, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday, adding that the real toll was “most certainly” higher.
The Covid-19 has killed more than four million people in a year and a half. This is the figure announced on Wednesday July 7 by the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO). “We have just passed the tragic milestone of four million listed Covid-19 deaths, which most certainly underestimates the overall toll,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference.
The head of the WHO stressed that the “world was at a dangerous point in this pandemic”, which is picking up in intensity under the impetus of new more contagious variants, but also the lifting of health restrictions.
The first case of Covid-19 was officially detected in China in December 2019, before this new coronavirus spread around the world to turn into the most serious pandemic in a century.
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According to an assessment established by AFP from official sources on Wednesday at 10 a.m. GMT, the pandemic had killed at least 3,996,519 worldwide since the end of December 2019.
The United States is the most affected country in terms of both deaths and cases, with 605,905 deaths, followed by Brazil (526,892 deaths), India (404,211), Mexico (233,958) and Peru (193,588), the latter being the country which deplores the highest number of deaths in relation to its population, followed by Hungary.
These figures, which are based on the daily reports of the national health authorities, are generally underestimated. WHO estimates deaths could be two to three times higher.