Global Death Toll From COVID-19 Passes 6 Million Mark

The official global death toll from COVID-19 officially passed the 6 million mark on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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The official global death toll from COVID-19 officially passed the 6 million mark on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University . Truly a sobering milestone.

Even with widespread availability of effective vaccines, the United States has recorded over 960,000+ death at this writing.

From AP News:

Despite the enormity of the figure, the world undoubtedly hit its 6 millionth death some time ago.

Poor record-keeping and testing in many parts of the world has led to an undercount in coronavirus deaths, in addition to excess deaths related to the pandemic but not from actual COVID-19 infections, like people who died from preventable causes but could not receive treatment because hospitals were full.

An analysis of excess deaths by a team at The Economist estimates that the number of COVID-19 deaths is between 14.1 million and 23.8 million.

While cases, hospitalizations and deaths have been declining in the U.S. lately, some low-income countries have vaccination rates as low as 7 percent.

A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted from April-July 2021 found people who were not fully vaccinated were more than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 11 times more likely to die of covid-19, than those who were fully vaccinated.