COVID-19: global deaths pass 1.2 million

The number of people who have suffered COVID-19 deaths worldwide since the beginning of the pandemic is nearing 1.2m, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.

The toll currently stands at 1,198,942.

The United States, with 230,87, has the highest number of deaths worldwide. With 159,884 deaths, Brazil’s toll is the second highest. India’s death toll is at 122,607.

Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 46.4 million people and over 31 million people have recovered from the infection.

A new study by Stanford University has found that about 18 election rallies by Donald Trump led to more than 30,000 confirmed cases and claimed over 700 lives. The researchers said the communities where these 18 rallies by Trump were held between June 20 and September 22 “paid a high price in terms of disease and death”.