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While France officially crossed the 100,000 dead mark of Covid-19 on Thursday, the pandemic has caused the death of three million people around the world, according to the count made on Saturday by AFP.
More than 3 million deaths from Covid-19 have been officially identified in the world since its discovery in China in December 2019, according to a count made Saturday morning by AFP from reports provided by the health authorities.
After a slight lull in March, the number of daily deaths started to rise again around the world, with an average of more than 12,000 deaths per day last week, approaching the 14,500 daily deaths recorded at the end of January, at the highest of l ‘epidemic.
The pandemic is at “a critical point,” said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday, between countries like Israel which manage to contain it thanks to an intense vaccination campaign and others such as the India who are experiencing a meteoric rise in contaminations and deaths.
A pandemic with “exponential” growth
The United Kingdom, the country in Europe most bereaved by Covid-19 (127,225 deaths), now only deplores around thirty deaths each day, after a peak at more than 1,200 daily deaths at the end of January . The country, which emerged from more than three months of confinement on Monday, launched a massive vaccination campaign in early December which allowed at least one dose to be administered to 60% of its adult population.
Likewise, the United States, the most affected country in the world with 566,224 deaths, has seen the epidemic decline sharply since the end of January, even if the figures are on the rise again in some states.
The benefits of vaccination can also be seen in Israel, where 6 in 10 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The country deplores only 6 to 7 deaths per day, almost 10 times less than at the end of January, at the height of the pandemic.
Conversely, several countries are struggling to contain a strong epidemic outbreak. WHO technical officer Maria Van Kerkhove warned Tuesday of a “growing” pandemic, which “is growing exponentially”.
Brazil, land of records
In Brazil, the second most bereaved country in the world with 368,749 deaths, some 3,000 deaths are announced every day, or nearly a quarter of the deaths announced daily in the world. This figure has more than doubled since mid-February and the country is since March 7 the one that deplores the most deaths every day in the world.
The rise in deaths is also extremely rapid in India. More than 1,000 daily deaths are recorded in this country of 1.3 billion inhabitants, or nine times more than at the beginning of March, a rise similar to that of contaminations (more than 188,000 per day against 15,000 at the beginning of March).
More than 139 million cases have been identified in the world since the start of the epidemic, including around 730,000 per day currently, a figure that has also been rising steadily since the end of February.