The World Health Organization (WHO) says the number of one million coronavirus deaths is “very sad cornerstone. “
“So many people have lost so many people and have not had the opportunity to say goodbye. Many people who died died alone … This is a terribly difficult and lonely death, “said WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris in Geneva on Tuesday.
“It’s not just a number,” Dr. Howard Marche told the Associated Press. “These are our brothers, our sisters. These are people we know. “He is a professor of medical history at the University of Michigan. He has assisted government officials in overseeing pandemic. His 84-year-old mother died in February from COVID-1
The figure of one million was recorded late Monday by Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center. But this is almost certainly a major shortfall due to problems with testing as well as reporting by some countries.
It has been nine months since the virus arrived and destroyed much of the international economy. The virus has tested the ability of world leaders to fight the health crisis. And he found that science and politics worked against each other.
The number continues to rise, with an average of about 5,000 deaths reported each day. Parts of Europe are affected by new ones outbreaks. Experts fear a second wave in the United States, where more than 205,000 people have died from COVID-19, more than any other country.
Deaths include people like Joginder Chaudhary. The son of farmers, he became the first doctor from his village in central India. The virus killed 27-year-old Chaudhari in late July and his mother a few weeks later.
“This pandemic has ruined my family,” said the young doctor’s father, Rajendra Chaudhari. “Our dreams, it’s all over.”
When the virus is completely filled cemeteries in the northern Italian city of Bergamo last spring, the clergy of Mario Carminati laid the dead in their church. The army took away the bodies, after which another 80 people arrived. Then another 80. In August, Carminati buried his own 34-year-old nephew.
The virus first appeared in late 2019 from the Chinese city of Wuhan. The first death was reported on January 11.
By the time Chinese authorities closed the city nearly two weeks later, millions of passengers had come and gone. China has been criticized for not doing enough to warn other countries of the threat.
Government leaders in countries such as Germany, South Korea and New Zealand are working effectively to control the virus. But leaders in the United States and Brazil have rejected the threat and the advice of scientists.
Brazil recorded the second highest mortality rate after the United States, with about 142,000. India is third and Mexico fourth, with more than 76,000.
The virus has forced people and governments to choose between security and the economy. The choice made millions unemployed, especially the poor, minorities and the elderly.
More than 1 million dead in just nine months make the coronavirus one of the greatest public health threats ever recorded.
That’s more than the annual number of AIDS deaths that killed about 690,000 people worldwide last year. It could increase in number from the annual deaths from tuberculosis, about 1.5 million.
However, COVID-19 took far fewer lives than the so-called Spanish flu. In two years, just over 100 years ago, he has killed about 40 million to 50 million worldwide. The Spanish flu came before medicine antibiotics which can be used to treat bacterial infections.
The effective vaccine for COVID-19 is still likely in months, if not years. As students returned to school and people returned to work, Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown University warned: “We are only at the beginning of this. We will see many more weeks before this pandemic than we had behind us. “
I’m Susan Shand.
The Associated Press reported this story. Susan Shand adapted it for learning English. Hi Do was an editor.
Words in this story
cornerstone – н. an event that reaches unprecedented levels
pandemic – н. contagious disease worldwide
outbreak – н. the unexpected arrival of illness
cemetery – н. the place where people are buried
nephew – н. son of someone’s brother or sister
antibiotic – н. a drug that kills an infection