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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Delta variant continues to increase the rate of fatalities especially among those unvaccinated
  • Nearly 5 million deaths have occurred due to the global pandemic.
  • More than half of the globe is yet to receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • WHO will be distributing vaccines to countries with the lowest levels of coverage

A data revealed that the deaths due to the global pandemic have surpassed 5 million on Friday. Experts outlined that the Delta variant continues to increase the rate of fatalities especially among those unvaccinated. More than half of all global deaths reported on a seven-day average were in the United States, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, and India.

According to the data, it took nearly more than a year for the COVID-19 death toll to hit 2.5 million, while the next 2.5 million deaths were recorded in 236 days. Over the last week, globally an average of 8,000 deaths was reported daily, accounting for five deaths every minute.

Meanwhile, more than half of the globe is yet to receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Commenting on it, the World Health Organisation outlined that through its COVAX distribution program it will be distributing vaccines to countries with the lowest levels of coverage. Since January, nearly 140-plus beneficiary states have received vaccines through COVAX.

Russia reported 887 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, the largest single-day death toll it has recorded since the pandemic began and the fourth day in a row it has set that record. Only 33 percent of Russia’s eligible population has received a first vaccine dose.

India has been one of the first countries ravaged by the Delta variant, which has gone from an average of 4000 deaths a day to fewer than 300 as its vaccination campaign rolled out. Nearly, 47 percent of India’s eligible population has received the first shot.

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