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World reaches devastating milestone of 1 million lives lost to COVID-19



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The world has reached a devastating milestone in the short history of the COVID-19 pandemic: more than 1 million lives lost and more than 33 million cumulative cases.

According to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, the U.S. leads the world with cases and deaths, although the country only has 4.25% of the world’s population. The cumulative number of cases in the U.S. now exceeds 7.1 million with more than 205,000 deaths.

India ranks second in the world in COVID-19 cases at 6.1 million and 96,000 deaths, and Brazil is third with 4.7 million cases and 142,000 deaths.

The U.S. ranks below the highest fatality rate at about 2.9% and 62.68 deaths per 100,000. (Mississippi’s is about 3%.) In Mexico, the fatality rate is 10.4% with 60.7 deaths per 100,000. Peru has the highest mortality rate at 100.85 per 100,000.

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