At least 300,000 people globally have died because of COVID-19, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Almost one-third of those fatalities have been reported in the United States.
More than 4.4 million people globally have been sickened by the coronavirus as of Thursday. With 1.3 million confirmed cases, the U.S. has, by far, the world’s highest number of infections. Russia and the U.K. have the second and third highest number of cases, with about 240,000 and 230,000 confirmed infections, respectively.
This WHO expert says COVID-19 'may never go away' pic.twitter.com/I8ylOCIHHH
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As the death toll from the virus reached yet another grim milestone this week, the World Health Organization warned that countries may have to grapple with COVID-19 for a long time to come.
“This virus may never go away,” WHO official Dr. Michael Ryan told reporters on Wednesday, adding: “This virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities.”
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