The death toll from COVID-19 has topped 3 million worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The World Health Organization puts the grim number still slightly below 3 million, but continues to warn of the ongoing threat from the virus.
“It is growing exponentially,” WHO COVID expert Maria Van Kerkhove said this week. “This is not the situation we wanted to be in 16 months into a pandemic, where we have proven control measures.”
Deaths worldwide attributed to the virus average about 12,000 per day and are on the rise, with Brazil being one of the most notable global hotspots.
The South American nation of more than 200 million people is suffering about 3,000 deaths daily, one quarter of the world total. Health officials fear global deaths are actually greater, because of government suppression or uncounted cases, the AP reports.
New York City, meanwhile, reports declining COVID numbers across the board, with 985 hospitalizations and 264 deaths over the past week, well below recent weekly and previous month’s averages.
More than 5.6 million doses of vaccine have been administered in New York City. All New Yorkers age 16 and over are now eligible to be vaccinated.