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The number of confirmed victims of Covid-19 has exceeded 5 million, according to several observers, this is probably a significant underestimation of the true number of deaths from the pandemic.

According to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University viewed early Monday, at least 5,000,425 people have died from coronavirus since records began.

The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic in March 2020 and said it considers the official death toll to be at least 60% higher than officially reported. The highly infectious Delta variant, which began to spread around the world earlier this year, has maintained high cases and deaths throughout the year.

Successful vaccination campaigns in the West have helped keep the number of deaths and hospitalizations low, even in the face of the increasing number of cases.

But the immunization gap between the richest and poorest countries remains large, with less than 4% of the population in low-income countries having received at least one injection, according to Our World in Data.

For high-income countries, the corresponding proportion is about three-quarters. Covid hotspots, such as Russia and Romania and other countries in Eastern Europe, have recently seen an increase in the number of deaths per capita, according to data compiled by the Financial Times.

In order to vaccinate 70% of the population in all countries of the world by the middle of next year, the WHO has called for a moratorium on booster shots until the end of 2021.

WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan said last week that the number of boosters given around the world each day, around 1 million shots, was 3 times the amount of vaccines given per day in low-income countries. income, or about 330,000.


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