Health Desk-29 September, 2020: More than 1 million people have died of COVID-19 around the world as of Tuesday, with the pace of fatalities picking up as infections again surge in several countries.
Deaths from coronavirus-related illnesses have doubled from half a million in just three months, led by fatalities in the United States, Brazil and India.
India is the latest epicentre of the pandemic globally, recording the highest daily growth in infections in the world in recent weeks, with an average of about 87,500 new cases each day since the start of September.
Despite the surge in cases, India’s death toll of around 95,500 and pace of growth of fatalities remains below those of the United States, Britain and Brazil.
Health experts stress that official data for both deaths and cases globally since the first reported case in China in early January is almost certainly being underreported, especially in countries with limited testing capacity.