The global number of deaths from COVID-19 has now surpassed 5 million, according to data released Monday by Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus tracker.
The US leads the world in confirmed deaths from the virus with more than 745,800 deaths from COVID-19. Brazil (with more than 607,000 deaths) and India (with more than 450,000 deaths) follow the US in the number of lives lost since the start of the pandemic.
Yet another tragic milestone of the pandemic comes just as the US prepares to vaccinate children between the ages of 5 and 11.
But in other parts of the world, health officials are seeing worrying signs of a rise in the coronavirus — just as some countries are easing restrictions on international travelers.
According to Amber D’Souza, a professor of epidemiology at the university’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, who spoke to National Geographic, these official global numbers are only responsible for confirmed cases around the world.
Before Johns Hopkins released the latest global data on Monday, D’Souza told the outlet: “It’s entirely possible that the death toll is double what we’re seeing. But 5 million is such a staggering number on its own. None no country has been able to escape it.”
Europe and Southeast Asia report an increase in cases
The World Health Organization recently reported an increase in the number of cases in Europe in October.
As of October 26, the European region experienced an 18% increase in new COVID-19 cases. Southeast Asia, a region with a similar increase in new COVID-19 cases, also reported a 13% increase in new COVID-19 deaths.
Globally, on October 26, the health organization reported more than 2.9 million cases and more than 49,000 new deaths, an increase of 4% and 5%, respectively.
Last month, Russian officials recorded the highest death toll in Europe: more than 235,000 dead since the start of the pandemic. Due to the delta tribe’s skyrocketing infections, officials there launched a temporary lockdown in an effort to defeat the virus.
But there is skepticism about whether the numbers shared in Russia are actually the official count. Some think the numbers could be higher.
On Friday, Reuters reported that the total number of COVID-19 cases in Poland has surpassed 3 million since the start of the pandemic. Daily infections are increasing rapidly as the country is in the midst of the fourth wave of the virus.
In Singapore, where officials have decided to live alongside the coronavirus and end lockdown measures, a rise in cases has also been reported there.
More than 80% of Singapore’s population has been vaccinated against COVID-19. But as of October 30, cases jumped to well over 3,000 cases per day in about two months.