Washington, 29 September 2020 (dpa/MIA) – The number of people worldwide who have died from complications with Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has topped 1 million, according to data compiled by US researchers.
More than 33.2 million cases of the virus have been recorded worldwide since the beginning of the pandemic, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University posted on Monday night.
The true number of cases is likely to be higher, due to the existence of undetected cases.
In the United States, which has the highest number of deaths and cases of any country, over 205,000 people have died, and more than 7.1 million people have contracted the disease, the data shows.
Relative to the number of inhabitants, however, the number of deaths is higher in some European countries than the US.
According to the university’s data, around 63 people per 100,000 inhabitants have died in the US, while the figure is slightly higher in Britain, and in Spain there have been 67 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.
More than 142,000 people have died in Brazil and more than 95,000 in India.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said 1 million deaths was “a mind-numbing figure.”
“We must never lose sight of each and every individual life,” Guterres said in a video statement.
“We can overcome this challenge. But we must learn from the mistakes. Responsible leadership matters. Science matters. Cooperation matters, and misinformation kills.”