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Global coronavirus deaths just topped 3 million, led by surges in India and Brazil

Added 04-17-21 04:14:02pm EST - “Brazil and India are seeing devastating surges in coronavirus deaths amid vaccine shortages and the rise of more contagious variants.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Global coronavirus deaths just topped 3 million, led by surges in India and Brazil”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Global coronavirus deaths surpassed 3 million on Saturday, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University. That means more people have died of the coronavirus than inhabit Lisbon, Portugal or Chicago, Illinois.

The US represents by far the majority of the world's coronavirus deaths, due in large part to a devastating winter surge. More than 566,000 people in the US have died of the coronavirus thus far — nearly 20% of the global total. 

Brazil has reported nearly 370,000 total coronavirus deaths, while India has reported around 175,000.  

"This is not the situation we want to be in 16 months into a pandemic where we have proven control measures," Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization's technical lead for COVID-19, said earlier this week. "It is time right now where everyone has to take stock and have a reality check about what we need to be doing."

The world hit a similarly sobering milestone in January, when coronavirus deaths topped 2 million. Coronavirus deaths topped 1 million in September.

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