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Corona virus: Global Govt-19 death toll exceeds one million

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The number of deaths worldwide with Govt-19 has exceeded one million, with researchers saying that many regions are still increasing the number of new infections.

Johns Hopkins University figures show that deaths in the United States, Brazil and India account for half of all deaths.

Experts warn that the actual number is probably higher.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called it a “captivating” figure and a “painful milestone.”

“Yet we should never lose every personal life,” he said in a video message.

“They are fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, brothers and sisters, friends and colleagues. The pain is exacerbated by the barbarism of this disease.”

The development comes almost 10 months after news of the corona virus began to emerge from Wuhan, China.

The epidemic has spread to 188 countries with more than 32 million confirmed cases. Locks and other measures to prevent the spread of the virus have plunged many economies into recession.

Meanwhile, efforts to develop an effective vaccine continue – despite warnings from the World Health Organization (WHO) that the death toll could reach two million before it becomes widely available.

The United States has the highest death toll in the world at 205,000, followed by Brazil at 141,700 and India at 95,500.

Where does Covid-19 spread fast?

The United States has more than seven million cases – more than a fifth of the world’s total. After the second wave of cases in July, the numbers dropped in August, but are now rising again.

The corona virus is spreading fast in India, with about 90,000 cases a day being registered in September.

The number of confirmed infections in India has reached six million – the second highest after the United States. However, in terms of the size of its population, India has seen a relatively low mortality rate.

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Brazil has the highest number of deaths in Latin America, with more than 4.7 million cases, the third highest in the world.

Elsewhere in the region, newly confirmed infections are on the rise in Argentina, with more than 700,000 patients.

Experts say the actual number of corona virus cases and deaths may be higher than reported because of differences in how countries record cases and deaths – and test rates in some regions.

How is the hunt for the vaccine progressing?

There are about 240 vaccines worldwide in early development, 40 in clinical trials and nine in the final stages of testing in thousands of people. Vaccine development usually takes several years, but due to the global emergency, scientists are operating at breakneck speed.

One developed by the University of Oxford – already in advanced testing – shows that it can trigger an immune system and has signed an agreement with Astrogeneka to deliver 100 million doses in the UK alone.

In China, The potential vaccine for the production of protective antibodies has been demonstrated And becomes available to the Chinese military. However, concerns have been raised about the speed at which the vaccine is being produced.

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Meanwhile, in Russia, scientists are talking about early experiments The vaccine, called Sputnik-V, shows signs of immunity.

In a report earlier this month, they said that everyone involved in the tests had developed antibodies to fight the virus and had not experienced serious side effects.

Russia licensed the vaccine for local use in August – the first country to do so. Again, there was concern over the speed of the process and some experts said initial tests were too small to demonstrate efficacy and safety.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a vaccine is unlikely to be widely available before mid-2021, although President Donald Trump has said Americans will have access to a vaccine by October.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says it does not expect to see widespread vaccination against Govt-19 until mid-2021.

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