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The death toll from COVID-19 eclipsed 6 million on Monday – underscoring that the pandemic, now in its third year, is far from over.

The milestone is the latest tragic reminder of the relentless nature of the pandemic even as people shed their masks, travel resumes and businesses reopen around the world, AP reports.

The death toll from COVID-19 has passed six million.Credit:AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

The last million deaths were recorded in the past four months, according to the tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

It’s slightly slower than the previous million, but highlights that many countries are still struggling with the coronavirus.

Remote Pacific islands, long shielded from the virus by their isolation, are now grappling with their first outbreaks and deaths, fueled by the highly contagious variant of Omicron.

Hong Kong, which is seeing soaring deaths, is testing its entire population of 7.5million three times this month as it clings to mainland China’s ‘zero-COVID’ strategy .

As death rates remain high in Poland, Hungary, Romania and other Eastern European countries, the region has seen more than 1.5 million refugees arrive from war-torn Ukraine , a country with low vaccination coverage and high rates of cases and deaths.

The United States alone is approaching one million reported deaths, the highest official death toll in the world.

Despite the enormity of the figure of 6 million deaths – more than the populations of Berlin and Brussels combined – experts say the number is likely a vast underestimate.

With poor recordkeeping and testing in many parts of the world, many deaths have not been attributed to COVID-19, and there are also excess deaths related to the pandemic but not to actual COVID-19 infections. 19, such as people who died of preventable infections. causes but could not receive treatment because the hospitals were full.

In total, some 450 million cases of COVID-19 have been recorded.

PA

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