November 1 (UPI) – Deaths from COVID-19 worldwide topped 5 million on Monday, with the United States leading all nations in terms of deaths.
The United States, which began recording coronavirus deaths in early 2020, had reported 745,836 deaths as of Monday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. This figure exceeds the death toll in the United States from the “Spanish flu” of 1918-19, in which approximately 675,000 Americans died.
The countries with the highest COVID-19 death rates are Brazil (607,824), India (458,437), Mexico (288,365), Russia (235,318) and Peru (200 246).
More than 6 billion doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered worldwide, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.
Our World In Data, an organization that tracks vaccine administration, reported that while nearly half of the world’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, only 3.6% of people in low-income countries have. received at least one dose.
At the Group of 20 meeting in Rome on Friday, leaders issued a joint statement expressing deep concern over the pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have profound impacts around the world,” the statement said. “The severe mortality, morbidity and hospitalization of affected patients clearly revealed weaknesses in prevention, preparedness and response (PPR), health systems and services, information and education in the event of a pandemic. . ”
The statement also raised concerns about the pandemic’s toll on the global economy.
“The economic recovery remains very divergent between countries and within countries, affecting more severely emerging and developing economies, and populations in vulnerable situations, including the poorest households, women and girls,” people with disabilities, the elderly and children. The pandemic has revealed significant gaps in the world’s ability to coordinate the global health response, ”said G20 leaders.
Meanwhile, there continues to be resistance in many parts of the world to getting the vaccine, resulting in legal battles and workplace disputes over mandatory vaccinations.
As an example, a vaccination mandate went into effect Monday in New York City, requiring all city employees to be vaccinated. But there were still a significant number of police, firefighters and sanitation workers who were not vaccinated. This has raised serious concerns among officials about the insufficient number of first responders available in an emergency.