Global COVID Death Toll Tops 5M

Washington, D.C. (Monday, November 1, 2021) – The worldwide COVID-19 death toll has marked another dubious milestone.  More than 5 million people around the globe have now died from the coronavirus.  Even with that staggering figure, health experts say the number is still undoubtedly much higher.

The United States accounts for over 745,000 of those deaths.  That’s the most of any other country.  The global death toll is tallied by Johns Hopkins University and is about equal to the populations of San Francisco and Los Angeles combined.

Globally,  COVID is now the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and stroke.


The 5 million death toll is likely an undercount because of limited testing and people dying at home without medical assistance, especially in poor parts of the world, like India.

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