Coronavirus: Global COVID-19 death toll tops 5 million

The worldwide coronavirus death toll reached 5 million early Monday, nearly two years since the pandemic began, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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As of 5 a.m. EDT Monday, the global death tally was 5,000,425, including 745,836 in the United States – more than any other country, the university reported. Brazil had the second-highest number of deaths with 607,824, followed by India with 458,437, Mexico with 288,365 and Russia with 234,194.

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The news came as the rate of new coronavirus deaths appeared to be rising globally and declining domestically, according to The New York Times. As of Sunday, the world was averaging nearly 7,300 new deaths per day, up 10% in the past two weeks, the newspaper reported. Meanwhile, the U.S. average was about 1,300 new deaths per day, down 12% in 14 days.

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As for case count, the world averaged just over 432,000 new infections per day – an increase of 7% in the past two weeks, the newspaper reported. The U.S. average, however, hovered around 73,000 cases per day – a decline of about 13% over the 14-day period.

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Also on Sunday, Oxford University’s Our World in Data project reported that so far, 49.4% of the global population has received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, compared with just 3.6% of the population in low-income countries. In the U.S., about 66% of residents have received at least one vaccine dose, compared with fewer than 16% of residents in Egypt, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania, according to the university.

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