Despite the numerous efforts and scientific discoveries by medical experts and health professionals with regards to combating the spike in the Corona virus pandemic, the second wave has recorded an overwhelming number of deaths and many countries all over the world are wondering why the death tolls still has a staggering records irrespective of the enormous amount of work put in to ensure prevention and infections from the virus.
A recent census and estimation of figures of persons affected from the corona virus revealed that the world has reached a frightening COVID-19 record, with at least two million people confirmed dead from the disease.
This negative landmark was made clear and brought to the general knowledge on Thursday night after about 16,000 deaths were reported from across the world.
It is an alarming and sad scenery as numerous people die daily from this pandemic as revealed by Worldometers statistics platform. They reported that as of Friday, 14th January 2021, the total fatalities recorded now stand at 2,004,449 — that is 2.1 percent of the 93,612,526 COVID-19 cases.
The only positive drawn from this outbreak is the fact that at least 72 percent of the total number of patients — or 67 million — have so far recovered.
Meanwhile, the United States remains the worst-hit country after recording 25 percent of the cases worldwide with 23.8 million infections, out of which sadly a total number of 398,000 have died.
Furthermore, India, a highly populated country, is next in line with 152,000 deaths from 10.5 million cases.
They are closely followed by Brazil where 207,000 patients have died out of the 8.3 million infected.
Moreso, at the continental level, North America leads with the highest number of infections at 27.2 million out of which 574,700 have died.
Surprisingly Africa remains amongst the least affected Continent with a record figure of 3.2 million cases — 3.4 percent of the global tally — with a fatality rate of 2.4 percent after recording 77,000 deaths — 3.8 percent of the global tally.
It is imperative to note that the re-emergence of the covid-19, is causing so much harm as earlier predicted by medical experts and its still sweeping across many countries including Nigeria which recorded its worst daily death tally in seven months on Thursday 14th January 2021.
A total of 105,478 COVID-19 infections have so far been confirmed in the country out of which 1,405 persons have died, but the positive news however, is that 83,830 persons who were originally infected have been discharged.
According to many, especially those whose families are victims of this deadly scourge, that it is indeed a very sad event that health officials are still battling globally in the fight against this outrageous pandemic that has claimed so many lives. So many countries are now using approved vaccines. Nigeria is also not left out as they are among those waiting in expectant anticipation for 600 million doses from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
It is in fact a record to witness and confirm according to health experts and medical researchers, that the corona virus remains the deadliest in recent history, though not close to the 1918 flu which killed about 50 million people, and HIV/AIDS that has so far killed 35 million.
Hopefully with the administration of the number of approved vaccines created the death toll will decrease and many infected persons would recover and restore a glimmer of hope to the efforts of the world health organisation.
Gift Joseph Okpakorese