Earth Marks a Grim Toll

400K people have now died of coronavirus, and officials say that's probably an undercount
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 7, 2020 5:33 AM CDT
Coronavirus Passes Grim Toll
Edwin Vega hands a container to a volunteer to be filled with free food inside the Fraga slum, during a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, June 6, 2020.   (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

(Newser) – The worldwide death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 400,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University that health experts say is still an undercount because many who died were not tested for the virus. The milestone was reached Sunday, reports the AP, a day after the Brazilian government stopped publishing a running total of coronavirus deaths and infections. Critics called the move an extraordinary attempt to hide the true toll of the disease rampaging through Latin America’s largest nation. Brazil’s health ministry has recorded 35,930 virus-related deaths, CNN reports, the third-highest toll in the world behind the US and Britain. Worldwide, at least 6.9 million people have been infected by the virus, according to Johns Hopkins. The US has seen nearly 110,000 confirmed virus-related deaths and Europe has recorded over 175,000 since the virus emerged in China late last year. (Read more coronavirus stories.)

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