More than 1.5 million people have lost their lives due to coronavirus pandemic, as vaccinations are set to begin in December in a handful of developed nations.
According to a Reuters tally, one death reported every nine seconds on a weekly average and half a million deaths occurred in just the last two months, indicating that the severity of the pandemic is far from over.
In the last week alone, more than 10,000 people in the world died on average every single day.
Nearly 65 million people globally have been infected by the disease.
Third wave in US
The US recorded its highest daily number of COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, as the number of people admitted to hospital with the virus exceeded 100,000 for the first time since the pandemic began.
3,157 new deaths were recorded on Wednesday in the country, According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.
The previous high was the 2,607 deaths recorded on 15 April.
There were 200,070 new cases on Wednesday.
Over the past week, there has been an average of 164,024 cases per day, about the same as the average two weeks earlier.
Since the first U.S. case of the new coronavirus was reported on Jan. 20 in Washington state, more than 14 million people have been diagnosed.