The death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 3 million worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The World Health Organization still estimates the grim number at just under 3 million, but continues to warn of the ongoing threat from the virus.
“It’s growing exponentially,” said WHO COVID expert Maria Van Kerkhove this week. “This is not the situation we wanted to be in a pandemic 16 months from where we have demonstrated control measures.”
Global deaths attributed to the virus average 12,000 per day and are increasing, with Brazil being one of the most notable global hotspots.
The South American nation of more than 200 million people suffers about 3,000 deaths every day, a quarter of the world’s population. Health officials fear that global deaths from government repression or countless cases are actually greater, the AP reports.
New York City, meanwhile, reports declining COVID numbers across the board, with 985 hospital admissions and 264 deaths in the past week, well below last week and month averages.
More than 5.6 million doses of vaccine have been administered in New York City. All New Yorkers aged 16 and over can now be vaccinated.