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The global death toll is since the start of the pandemic, and has been calculated by the John Hopinks University. The US has recorded the highest number of fatalities, with almost 390,000 deaths, followed by Brazil and India with around 200,000 and 150,000 deaths respectively.
The UK is fourth on the list, with 87,448 deaths.
The University also said more than 93million infections have been recorded worldwide.
The US also tops the list for the highest number of recorded cases, with over 23.3million.
This is followed by India, Brazil and Russia, with 10.5million, 8.3million and 3.4million cases respectively.
The UK comes in fifth, with over 3.3million cases.
It comes as Boris Johnson held a press conference urging Britons to stay at home and protect themselves against the deadly virus.
He told the public it would be “fatal” if progress on coronavirus vaccinations makes people complacent about the risk of infection.
The Prime Minister also paid tribute to vaccination teams around the UK, adding that immunity to infection is “steadily” building.
He also told Britons to get the jab when offered one.
Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, warned that the number of COVID-19 cases are still “extremely high”.
He said: “We are still at the place where just shy of one in 50 has Covid.”
But he did say they are starting to see some “levelling off” in the cases as people adhere to the new guidelines.
More to follow…