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Grim milestone: 3 million Covid-19 deaths worldwide

Neill Fronde



PHOTO: 3 million Covid-19 deaths recorded around the world.

Today marks a grim milestone as the Covid-19 pandemic officially crosses 3 million deaths around the world, with outbreaks still surging in various parts of the world. Over a year into the pandemic, and we are currently seeing over 700,000 new infections and 12,000 deaths per day, with Brazil, India, and France facing growing crises.

The 3 million figure reflects official numbers, though many suspect that real totals could be much higher, pointing at government conspiracies and early deaths that were not attributed to Covid-19 when little was known about the novel coronavirus in the early days.

Still, the official number is overwhelming enough – equal to the population of Kyiv, Ukraine, or the state of Arkansas in the US, and larger than world cities like Lisbon, Caracas, Dubai, Manchester or Chicago. Imagine nearly one-third of the people in Bangkok wiped out, or the entire nation of Armenia or Jamaica.

Following a steep decline in both new infections and deaths at the start of this year, the graph is again in an upward trajectory, both in terms of new cases and deaths from Covid.

Grim milestone: 3 million Covid-19 deaths worldwide | News by ThaigerThe World Health Organisation laments the dire condition of the world dealing with the pandemic after 16 months and so many opportunities to prevent the spread with basic safety precautions. Brazil has spiralled out of control, racking up 3,000 deaths a day, nearly 25% of all the Covid-19 deaths in the world in the past few weeks. New variants have been spreading like wildfire throughout Brazil as more dangerous strains have wriggled their way into countries around the world.

In India, the distribution of vaccines has been thwarted by swelling Covid-19 outbreaks and deaths. In New Dehli, 13,000 infections were reported in a day amongst the 29 million residents, but the city only has 178 ventilators available as of Wednesday.

Only 1.1% of the Indian populations has been vaccinated, and officials faced criticism of their vaccine exports while so many need jabs domestically. In Thailand, the percentage of people vaccinated is even lower.

700 million vaccines have been distributed worldwide, but they have been shipped disproportionately to the wealthier populations throughout the world. In rich countries, 1 in 4 people have been vaccinated, while in poor countries that number is less than 1 in 500. In fact, 87% of the vaccines distributed worldwide have been to wealthy nations, and the delays in India due to increasing Covid-19 deaths will not help close that gap for many months to come.



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    James R

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    The problem with India and such countries is their own doctors are complaining the local populations are not listening to or doing anything to avoid the spread of the virus, in India for example there is currently a month long religious ceremony going on which attracts million of people to bathe and pray together.

    Here in the UK for example we have been following lock down rules for months now, everyone I know follows them, there are some selfish idiots of course but they are always there for example followers of certain religions where people pray closely in large groups toughener, it has been documented such groups have higher rates of the virus, the problem is they spread it amongst other people as well outside of their groups.

    Let’s hope it is all sorted out soon as I wish to get back to Phuket for my annual six months stay.

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    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 10:00 am

    There is talk now of an Indian variant – seems like all the BRICS countries are getting their own special version. If an Indian mutation turns out to be true then the only country missing is Russia…

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    John Flynn

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Please read the following article that tells the truth:

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    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 9:56 am

    And 3 million people (many who are children) die of malaria EVERY year. And yet they don’t lock down the other 8 billion people

    • Thaiger


      Monday, April 19, 2021 at 11:36 am

      Malaria is endemic. What don’t you people understand about endemic diseases and an emerging disease?

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    James R

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 12:44 am


    That would be too much to ask, a lot of people do not believe this current virus is dangerous so getting them to understand what you suggested is asking too much I think.

    Plus people seem not to know or have forgotten the West does not suffer from Polio, smallpox and so many other diseases due to the use of mass vaccinations, when I was at junior school it almost seemed we were having an injection against something or other once a month.

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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