Covid-19 death toll surpasses 6 million as countries start to drop restrictions

Over 6 million
Top 5
Less restrictions, new cases
Worrying numbers
'Adieu' turns into 'au revoir'
Back to restrictions
No more face masks?
Better numbers
'Stealth Omicron'
Meet XE
Increase of deaths is slowing down
5 million in November
Covid-19 death toll
Third cause of death in the world
Questions about accuracy
Counting errors
Data and politics
Fudging the numbers
Other deaths
The real numbers of the pandemic
Back to normal
The pandemic is far from over
Anti-vaxxers as obstacles
The clock is ticking
Delta-plus fears
Working together
Over 6 million

You may not have realized it, but the official toll of people who passed away from Covid-19 surpassed six million people in March.

Top 5

Data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reveals that South Korea (pictured), Germany, Vietnam, France, and the United Kingdom lead the surge of new Covid-19 cases.

Less restrictions, new cases

The Guardian reports that most coronavirus-related restrictions were dropped in Germany in mid-March after a heated debate in Parliament.

Worrying numbers

This is despite a daily average in Germany of almost 300,000 Covid-19 cases during that time, though the number has dropped in the following weeks.

'Adieu' turns into 'au revoir'

The number of those infected in France, as The Guardian reports, grew 25% within the first week after the use of indoor face masks and other controls was dropped on March 14.

Back to restrictions

Austria reintroduced in late March face masks and other coronavirus-related measures to fight a surge of Covid-19 numbers in the country.

No more face masks?

Across America, restrictions have also been dropped. The states of California and New York, former pandemic hubs, now only demand face masks for health care centers, nursing homes, detention centers and shelters.

Better numbers

Unlike Europe, as The New York Times points out, numbers in the United States have been much better than in Asia and Europe.

'Stealth Omicron'

A new variant of Omicron, labeled BA.2, has quickly become the most dominant version of the virus. BA.2 was nicknamed 'Stealth Omicron' due to the difficulty to track when it appeared in late January 2022.

Meet XE

More worryingly, both Omicron variants have mutated together, developing in early April a whole new variant: Omicron XE.

Increase of deaths is slowing down

However, not all is bad news. The reported death rate is slowing down as more people get vaccinated. It took three months, from January to April, to go from 2 to 3 million deaths and four months, from April to July, to hit another million.

5 million in November

The Covid-19 pandemic officially claimed over five million lives in November 2021. However, the real toll could be much higher than we think.

Covid-19 death toll

The United States led at the time in the number of deaths that have been accounted for, with 745,000 in total. The country was then followed by Brazil, India, Mexico and Russia.

Third cause of death in the world

TIME magazine says that Covid-19 has become the third cause of death around the globe, after heart disease and stroke.

Questions about accuracy

Important news outlets like The New York Times have put into question the capacity of developing countries in regions like Africa and Latin America to accurately record Covid-19 cases.

Counting errors

India, for example, reported over 400,000 cases and almost 4,000 deaths in a single day during the Delta variant wave of mid-2021. It's not hard to imagine that a developing country facing a highly-contagious virus with an overtaxed health system can make some counting errors. After all, the priority is saving lives.

Data and politics

Other experts have doubted the veracity of the data provided by certain countries due to a lack of government transparency and the impossibility for independent sources to confirm the numbers.

Fudging the numbers

The Washington Post reports that calculations from independent Russian experts indicate that the official toll might be off by, at most, 500,000 deaths. They claim that Putin's government is manipulating data for political reasons.

Other deaths

There are many people who passed away in the past two years due to conditions indirectly related to Covid-19. These include people who couldn't get treated due to the strain on health services at the peaks of the pandemic or people whose previous conditions worsened after getting infected by the virus.

The real numbers of the pandemic

Many think that the real number might be as high as 10 million deaths. Professor Amber D’Souza from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is one of them. Still, he declared on National Geographic, "five million is such a staggering number on its own."

Back to normal

Countries such as Spain and Italy, which were hit pretty badly by the coronavirus in the early months of the global pandemic, have been trying to slowly go back to normal with Covid-19 cases steadily dwindling.

The pandemic is far from over

The fight against the virus is far from over. Thousands of people die from Covid-19 every day and there are still many around the globe that are unvaccinated, particularly in poorer, more vulnerable countries.

Anti-vaxxers as obstacles

Meanwhile, in developed nations, a few groups question the vaccine while also putting into risk all the work done to stop covid-19.

The clock is ticking

The longer the virus spreads around the population, the longer new mutations can evolve and develop resistance to vaccines.

Delta-plus fears

This is what happened with the Delta variant and what many are worried it might occur with the recently discovered delta plus.

Working together

Only by working together can humanity properly win the fight against the virus and stop millions of deaths.

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