Global COVID-19 death toll climbs above 1.5 million

Global COVID-19 death toll climbs above 1.5 million

The coronavirus has killed more than 1.5 million people around the globe.

According to the World Health Organization, 1,523,583 people have died from COVID-19, including 10,264 in the last 24 hours.

The past week has been particularly deadly, with 73,826 deaths reported since Nov. 30.

Furthermore, this past Friday saw 12,382 deaths recorded globally, the highest since April 15, when 12,510 deaths were reported to the World Health Organization.

With a total of 276,503 deaths, the United States has reported the most deaths of any country or territory worldwide. Canada’s southern neighbour is also the only country to report more than 200,000 deaths.

Brazil has recorded nearly 176,000 deaths, the second-highest, followed by India with slightly more than 140,000 deaths.

Mexico has recorded more than 108,000 deaths, making it the only other country to report more than 100,000 deaths to the World Health Organization.

Elsewhere, the United Kingdom has recorded more than 61,000 deaths while Italy has recorded just under 60,000. Sweden, a country with a population of a little more than 10 million, has recorded

Canada, meanwhile, has reported 12,496 deaths to the World Health Organization.

A total of 22 countries have reported more deaths than Canada.

However, only three of those countries – Peru, Chile and Ecuador – have a smaller population than Canada.

Today, health officials in Quebec on Sunday reported 1,691 new cases of COVID-19, including 24 deaths while officials in Ontario announced a record 1,924 new cases and 15 deaths.

Those numbers are likely not included in the WHO’s figures since they were announced today.

Meanwhile, officials in P.E.I. announced a two-week “circuit breaker” to slow a small but growing outbreak of the virus that was reported yesterday.

Files from The Canadian Press


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