The threshold, symbolic, will be crossed on Friday January 15, 2021 at the time of the publication of health data worldwide: 2 million deaths. A number unfortunately destined to increase further, the vaccination campaigns being only at their beginning.
Covid-19: less than 15 months to kill 2 million people
On January 15, 2021, the threshold will therefore be crossed: 2 million people will have died from Covid-19, the disease linked to the Sars-CoV-2 virus and its variants. As the virus only appeared in October or November 2019 in the world, “patient zero” was identified on December 1, 2019 in China, so it took less than 15 months for this number to be reached.
As of January 14, 2021, in fact, there are 1,993,146 deaths worldwide, and the number of daily deaths continues to increase : it has not fallen below the 10,000 mark, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, since December 29, 2020. The record was even set on January 12, 2021, with more than 17,000 deaths.
By way of comparison, in April 2020, when generalized confinement took place in France and in many countries around the world, we had never reached the 10,000 death mark in 24 hours.
93 million people infected with Sars-CoV-2
Still according to data from Johns Hopkins University, the virus has infected more than 93 million people worldwide, and is now contracted by more than 500,000 people per day. On January 7, 2021, it is a new record: nearly 822,000 contaminations detected (apart from the nearly 1.5 million contaminations identified on December 10, 2020 and which appear to be a statistical anomaly, undoubtedly linked to a catch-up or a recount by some countries).
In France, more than 2.9 million people have contracted the disease, or 4.3% of the population. Since the start of 2021, around 20,000 people have been diagnosed positive every day in France.