Reuters Sydney/Beijing-According to Reuters, COVID-19 caused more than 500,000 deaths on Sunday. This is a severe milestone in the global pandemic. Although other regions are still working, it seems that some countries are recovering from A wave.
FILE PHOTO: A match that was burned by a man who died of COVID-19 is considered to be another crematorium that is being cremated. It was cremated on June 3, 2020 in New Delhi, India.
Respiratory diseases caused by the new coronavirus are particularly dangerous for the elderly, although other adults and children are also among 501,000 deaths and 10.1 million reported cases.
Although overall mortality has stabilized in recent weeks, health experts have expressed concern about the record number of new cases in the United States, India and Brazil and new epidemics in parts of Asia.
According to Reuters calculations based on the average from June 1 to 27, more than 4,700 people die of COVID-19-related diseases every 24 hours.
This is equivalent to 196 people per hour, or 1 person every 18 seconds. (To view interactive information from Reuters, please open this link in an external browser: tmsnrt.rs/2VqS5PS)
According to Reuters data, about a quarter of all deaths so far have been in the United States. In some states in the south and west, the number of cases in these states has soared the most, and these states have reopened more actively earlier. US officials reported about 44,700 new cases on Sunday, and another 508 people died.
The number of cases in Latin America is also rapidly increasing, surpassing the confirmed cases in Europe on Sunday, making the region the second-largest region affected by the pandemic after North America.
At the other end of the world, Australian officials are considering social isolation measures in certain areas on Monday after reporting the largest day of infection rates in more than two months.
The first recorded death of the new virus was on January 9th. A 61-year-old man from Wuhan, China, had been shopping regularly in a damp market, which has been identified as the source of the outbreak.
In just five months, the number of COVID-19 deaths has exceeded the number of deaths due to malaria each year. Malaria is one of the deadliest infectious diseases.
According to 2018 data from the World Health Organization, the average death rate is 78,000 per month, while the number of AIDS-related deaths is 64,000 and malaria deaths are 36,000.
A large number of deaths have led to changes in traditional and religious funerals around the world. Mortuary and fun burials are overwhelmed, and loved ones are often prohibited from saying goodbye in person.
In Israel, the habit of washing the dead Muslims’ bodies is not allowed, and they must be wrapped in plastic body bags instead of cloth. In Shiva’s Jewish tradition, people went to mourn relatives’ houses for seven days and were disrupted.
In Italy, the funerals of Catholics were not held, nor were they blessed by the priest. In New York, the city’s crematorium worked overtime at a certain time. When officials searched for temporary settlements, the body burned into the night.
In Iraq, the former militias surrendered their guns and replaced the graves of the coronavirus victims in a specially created cemetery. They learned how to perform Christian and Muslim funerals.
Public health experts are studying how demographics affect mortality in different regions. For example, some European countries with aging populations have reported higher mortality rates.
A report from the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention in April surveyed more than 300,000 cases in 20 countries and found that about 46% of all deaths were over 80 years of age.
In Indonesia, hundreds of children are believed to have died, and development health officials blamed malnutrition, anemia, and inadequate child health facilities.
Health experts warn that official data may not tell the whole story, and many believe that in some countries, reports of cases and deaths may be underestimated.
(Figure: Tracking the spread of new coronaviruses-here)
Reports by Jane Wardell in Sydney and Cate Cadell in Beijing, editors of Tiffany Wu and Daniel Wallis