Experts fear the death toll will double before a vaccine is ready
More than 1 million people have died from the coronavirus worldwide, marking another milestone in the short but devastating history of the pandemic.
The death toll from the coronavirus, which causes covid-19, now stands at 1,000,555, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The grim figure has been reached in less than nine months since Chinese authorities confirmed the first death from the coronavirus in the city of Wuhan.
Since then, the virus has disrupted the daily lives of billions of people around the world and caused widespread economic damage. More than 33 million cases have been confirmed worldwide, and outbreaks continue to affect many countries.
Europe, which became the second epicenter of the virus after China, imposed widespread restrictions on the movements of people in the spring in an effort to slow its spread. While the measures had some success, several countries that were badly affected early on, such as France, Spain and the UK, are now struggling to stem a second wave.
The United States, with more than 7 million cases and more than 205,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, has been the most affected country overall.
President Donald Trump is seen as having mishandled the federal response to the pandemic and, despite the country’s wealth and advanced health care systems, has struggled to control infections. Now some experts fear that Trump could pressure scientists to authorize or approve a COVID-19 vaccine without a full formal review process for political gain.
Trump has repeatedly defended his handling of the pandemic. But he and the White House have been widely criticized for disobeying government guidelines designed to limit transmission of Covid-19, including social distancing and wearing a mask.