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Covid-19 kills three million people worldwide

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The number of people who have died worldwide in the Covid-19 pandemic has surpassed three million, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The milestone comes the day after the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned the world was “approaching the highest rate of infection” so far.

India – experiencing a second wave – recorded more than 230,000 new cases on Saturday alone.

Almost 140 million cases have been recorded since the pandemic began.

WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned on Friday that “cases and deaths are continuing to increase at worrying rates”.

He added that “globally, the number of new cases per week has nearly doubled over the past two months”.

The US, India and Brazil – the countries with the most recorded infections – have accounted for more than a million deaths between them, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Last week saw an average of 12,000 deaths a day reported around the world, according to news agency AFP.

However, official figures worldwide may not fully reflect the true number in many countries.

What’s happening in India?

Up until a few weeks ago, India appeared to have the pandemic relatively under control. Cases had been below 20,000 a day for much of January and February – a low figure in a country of more than a 1.3 billion people.

But then infections began to rise rapidly: Saturday saw a record set for the third day in a row, with more than 234,000 cases reported.

Hospitals are running low on beds and oxygen. Sick people are being turned away, and some families are turning to the black market to get the drugs they need. A BBC investigation found medication being offered at five times the official price.

The capital Delhi has gone into lockdown over the weekend, with restrictions put in place in several other states, as officials try to stem the tide.

All eyes are now on the Kumbh Mela festival, which has continued despite fears the millions of Hindu devotees who attend each year could bring the virus home with them. Some 1,600 people tested positive this week at the gathering in the northern state of Uttrakhand, with pictures showing thousands gathered closely together along the banks of the Ganges river.

It has led Prime Minister Narendra Modi to plead with people to refrain from gathering.

Ghana cases

Five more persons have died from COVID-19 in Ghana bringing the country’s total death toll to 766.

Per the latest update from the Ghana Health Service, 42 new cases have also been recorded, pushing to 1,379, the country’s total active COVID-19 case count as of April 12, 2021.

Out of the figure, 26 persons are in the severe case category with 8 persons in critical condition.

Since the outbreak of the virus in Ghana in March 2020, a total of 91,545 cases have been recorded, with 89,400 recoveries.

The Government of Ghana, on March 2, 2021, began vaccinating its citizens.

So far over 800,000 persons have received the first jab of the vaccine.

Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director General of the Service, who announced this in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, said nearly all health workers, both public and private, had been vaccinated.

Dr. Kuma-Aboagye paid glowing tribute to the thousands of health workers for the relentless efforts and strong support they have provided over the past year.

“As a Service, we have demonstrated our resilience in delivering primary and secondary care services to the entire population of Ghana and this has attracted positive national and global attention,” he said.

He, however, reminded Ghanaians that the country was still in unprecedented times and could not revert to doing things the old way.

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