The number of people killed by the coronavirus has now surpassed four million.
The United States ranks first with 606,218 deaths, followed by Brazil (528,540), India (404,211), and Mexico (233,958).
To reach one million, it took 250 days, 108 days to reach two million, 93 days to reach three million, and 82 days to reach four million. The pace continues to quicken.
According to WHO data, as of mid-April, 237,832 coronavirus patients had died in the region, accounting for about 8% of all global deaths. At the beginning of July, the figure had risen to 495,939 people. The ratio has also risen to 12%.
“Compounded by fast moving variants and shocking inequity in vaccination, far too many countries in every region of the world are seeing sharp spikes in cases and hospitalization,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference on Wednesday.
“This is causing an acute shortage of oxygen and treatments, as well as driving a wave of death in parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America,” he said.
The WHO director-general called for equitable vaccine distribution and cautioned countries with high vaccination coverage not to rush to lift anti-virus measures.