Coronavirus Death Toll Passes Half A Million Worldwide

The US, Brazil and UK have so far seen the highest number of Covid-19 victims.

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More than half a million people around the world have now died after contracting Covid-19.

According to a tally by John Hopkins University, the death count for coronavirus worldwide had reached almost 502,000 by Monday morning.

The sombre news came the day after the same university revealed that more than 10m people had tested positive for coronavirus since the deadly virus emerged at the end of 2019.

However, the number of deaths and cases are both likely to higher than the figures recorded, with many people infected with coronavirus having gone untested – especially at the start of the pandemic.

The US has seen the highest number of deaths in the world, with more than 125,800 people having passed away after contracting Covid-19.

The country with the second highest death count is Brazil, where almost 58,000 people have died, followed by the UK, which has recorded 43,634 according to John Hopkins University data.

Coronavirus deaths, by country*

US: 125,804 deaths

Brazil: 57,622 deaths

UK: 43,634 deaths

Italy: 34,738 deaths

France: 29,781 deaths

Spain: 28,343 deaths

Mexico: 26,648 deaths

India: 16,475 deaths

Iran: 10,508 deaths

Belgium: 9,732 deaths

*According to John Hopkins University data

However, a tally of deaths from the World Health Organisation (WHO) – which gives the number of deaths per one million of the population – gives different rankings.

The WHO calculates that San Morino – one of the world’s smallest countries – has had the most Covid-19 deaths per one million of the population, with 1,235.29.

In second is Belgium, with 839.69 deaths, followed by Andorra with 675.32.

The UK ranks fourth in this table, with the WHO calculating it has had 639.35 deaths per one million of the population.

On Sunday, it was revealed that Leicester is facing the UK’s first local lockdown following a surge of coronavirus cases.

Home secretary Priti Patel said there was “support going into” the Midlands city to address a flare up after 658 new cases were recorded in the area in the two weeks to June 16.

But the UK is not the only country using local lockdowns in a bid to control the virus.

In China, the county of Anxin – which is around 100 miles from Beijing – was sealed off on Saturday “until further notice”, Reuters reported.

According to the BBC, more than 400,000 are affected by the lockdown, with only essential workers allowed to leave the house for work.

China reported 12 new confirmed coronavirus on Sunday, down from 17 reported a day earlier.


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