- Borislav Ivanov
COVID deaths exceed 6 million
It’s been two long years since the SARS-CoV-2 virus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Two years, full of death, panic, and restrictions.
As we emerge from this dark age and enter a new one, we have to take a look back and remember what was taken from us.
According to a record conducted by the US Johns Hopkins University, the coronavirus epidemic has claimed the lives more than 6 million people as it approaches its third year.
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The final million deaths, according to the statistic, happened in the previous four months. This rate, albeit slower than the previous million, highlights the fact that many nations are still struggling to contain the virus's spread, even as many others have begun to relax restrictions.
Poland, Hungary, Romania, and other Eastern European nations continue to experience high death rates. A number of isolated Pacific islands that had hitherto been immune to the virus are now seeing their first outbreaks, spurred by the highly infectious omicron strain.
Many experts believe that the number of 6 million is merely a partial count, due in part to inadequate record-keeping and testing in many regions of the world. There are some deaths that have only been indirectly linked to the epidemic, such as those of persons with curable conditions who were unable to obtain care due to hospital overcrowding.
A team from The Economist magazine conducted a study of extra fatalities, which many believe is a better indicator of the pandemic's lethality. It is estimated that between 14 million and 23.5 million people died as a result of COVID-19.