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Dialuna, 01 November 2021                                                                                        23

                  More than 4,996,000 people have

           died from the coronavirus worldwide

               More than 246 million cases have been reported.

       The coronavirus is on the cusp of having killed at
       least 5 million people since it first emerged in Wuhan,
       China, in late 2019, according to data compiled by
       Johns Hopkins University.

       Nearly a quarter billion cases of the coronavirus
       have been reported. Despite the rollout of vaccines,
       global health experts warn that the pandemic is set

       to continue.
       “With almost 50,000 deaths a week, the pandemic is
       far from over — and that’s just the reported deaths,”
       World Health Organization Director General Tedros
       Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at the World Health

       Summit in Berlin on Oct. 24.

       The United States continues to have the highest
       cumulative number of confirmed cases and deaths
       globally. In early October, the U.S. death toll from

       covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, surpassed
       700,000, despite the widespread availability of
       vaccines in the country.                                                              GRAFICS,RUTER/EFE AGENCYS

       Behind the United States, Brazil, India, Mexico and  In India, as in Britain and Brazil before it, the spread

       Russia have the largest cumulative numbers of cases.                     of the virus was blamed on fast-spreading variants
       India’s record-setting surge in spring 2021 meant  rampant in the country, including the delta variant
       that the country accounted then for about 1 in 3 of all  that was first identified in India.

       new confirmed cases. The spike, which was blamed
       on complacency and the lifting of restrictions,  Delta,  also  known  as  B.1.617.2,  has  become  the
       along with the spread of variants, saw the country’s  dominant variant in many parts of the world.
       health-care system overwhelmed amid widespread
       oxygen shortages. Even after the surge in new cases  The variant is more virulent than many others and

       subsided in mid-May, India still set records for the  studies have shown that vaccines do not provide
       number of new daily deaths, with more than 4,500  the same levels of protection against it, though they
       deaths from covid-19 reported in a single 24-hour  do still significantly reduce the likelihood of serious

       period.                                                                  illness.

                  @BBC                                                      @CNN                                 @euronews

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