The US and Europe are the worst-affected  |  Photo Credit: AP
- The US, Brazil and Europe are the worst affected countries due to COVID-19
- According to a study by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, 46 per cent of the fatalities are above the age of 80
New Delhi: The global COVID-19 death toll has crossed five lakh even as the cases crossed crucial one crore-mark. According to agency reports citing official sources, two-thirds of the total COVID-19 cases are in the US and Europe.
According to a tally by news agency AFP, the death toll due to the global pandemic touched 5,00,390 at 10 pm on Sunday. The global tally, on the other hand, reached 10,099,576 cases. While the US has the highest death toll – 1,25,747, Brazil is next at 57,622, followed by the United Kingdom at 43,550.
According to the agency report, the total number, collected from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), reflects only a fraction of the total number of cases in the world as many countries test only the most serious cases.
According to a Reuters calculation based on the average between June 1-27, more than 4,700 people are dying every 24 hours from coronavirus-linked illness. This equates to 196 deaths per hour. or one person every 18 seconds, Reuters reported.
According to the figures available with the WHO, the death rate due to COVID-19 averages to 78,000 per month as against 64,000 AIDS-related deaths and 36,000 malaria deaths.
The first recorded case of COVID-19 was a 61-year-old man from the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus is believed to have originated from a wet market in Wuhan.
Elderly at risk
According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, 46 per cent of the fatalities were over the age of 80. The agency based its findings on a study of over 3,00,000 cases in 20 countries. The demographics of every country have affected the death rates in different regions.
For instance, according to development health officials of Indonesia, cited by news agency Reuters, hundreds of children have died due to malnutrition and inadequate child health facilities. The death count, as well as the spread of the virus, has also resulted in changes in burial and cremation methods in many countries.