More than one million people have died from Covid-19. UN Secretary General António Guterres has called that number “mind-numbing”, and has stressed the need for all nations to work together against the virus.
“Responsible leadership matters, science matters, cooperation matters and misinformation kills,” he said in a statement.
“As we remember so many lives lost, let us never forget that our future rests on solidarity — as people united and as united nations.”
Roughly 10 months after the virus was first spotted in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the world has reported more than one million deaths. Health authorities have learnt a great deal about the virus since then, but officials fear that the rise in deaths is set to continue.
“We see no sign of slowing of the death rate,” Nancy Baxter, an epidemiologist and head of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health, told the BBC.
“There’s been over a thousand deaths per day worldwide since 18 March and what seems to happen is as Covid-19 becomes controlled in one jurisdiction it gets out of control elsewhere.
“So I think that unfortunately we are looking at a similar number of deaths before a vaccine is actually found and distributed.”