Global COVID death toll tops three million: tally

Global COVID death toll tops three million: tally

Coronavirus death toll crossed an alarming mark of three million on Saturday despite millions of people getting vaccinated all over the world.

India also reported 1,341 new deaths on Saturday, the highest single-day death toll barring June 17.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday the pandemic was at a "critical point" and warned that the world needed a reality check.

Udaya Regmi of the worldwide Red Cross said the "truly frightening" South Asian surge was a "wake-up call to the world". While some countries like Israel have benefited from mass inoculation efforts, others such as India are battling meteoric rises in infections.

Alcohol sales will be banned in Bangkok restaurants from Sunday, while entertainment venues will be shuttered across the country for two weeks.

The virus continues to impact events elsewhere in the world.

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According to JHU there are 140 million global cases of Covid-19.

The CDC said in its first public accounting of breakthrough cases, that of those 5,800 people, there were 74 deaths among people who became seriously ill, and that 396 - 7% - of the breakthrough cases required hospitalization, the report cited.

The prime minister expressed "cautious optimism" about the nation's progress in curbing the spread of COVID-19, saying there had been some modest improvement.

In more good news for Britons after the partial reopening of society this week, Germany on Friday removed the United Kingdom from the list of risk zones for coronavirus infections, meaning that travellers will no longer need to quarantine upon arrival.

"As long as we still have it as widespread in the community as we do here in Hillsborough County, in Florida, and throughout the USA and internationally as well, until those numbers go down, there's still a decent chance of being exposed to the virus because it's in the community so much".

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