COVID-19: ‘ The Agonising milestone’

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COVID-19: ‘ The Agonising milestone’ - Vantage News Nigeria
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COVID-19 global death toll has crossed one million, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The World Health Organization (WHO) however says the number is probably underestimated and the actual toll is likely much higher.

The novel corona virus disease was first reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year when doctors began noticing people were getting seriously ill with a mysterious new form of pneumonia.

Today, despite measures enforced by various governments, the disease which seemed to be under control is gradually resurging.

The United States has reported the most deaths – 205,031 – followed by Brazil (142,058), India (95,542), Mexico (76,430) and the United Kingdom (42,090).

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the world had reached an “agonising milestone” with so many deaths.

“We must never lose sight of each and every life,” he wrote on Twitter. “As the hunt for a vaccine – affordable and available to all – continues, let’s honour their memory by working together to defeat this virus”.

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