(Reuters) – The global death toll from COVID-19 surpassed the one million mark on Tuesday, according to Reuters. This is another grim milestone in the history of the pandemic that has hit the global economy, overwhelmed healthcare systems and changed the way people live.
The number of deaths from the new coronavirus this year has doubled the annual number of deaths from malaria, and deaths have risen in recent weeks due to a sharp increase in the number of infections in several countries.
“Our world has reached a painful milestone,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement.
In just three months, the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the world has doubled – from half a million to 1 million.
More than 5,400 people die from the disease worldwide every 24 hours, according to Reuters calculations based on September averages.
That's about 226 people per hour, or one person every 16 seconds.
(Jane Wardell with contributions from Shaina Ahluvalia and Sirat Gupta. Translated by Olga Beskrovnova. Editor Anna Kozlova)