Covid-19 global death toll has reached four million, with poorer countries becoming more vulnerable to outbreaks of more infectious strains as inequality in vaccine distribution grows.
Rising death tolls are seen in the developing world with India accounted for 26% of the increase, and Brazil for about 18%.
Experts say the real toll could be far higher than reported as there are inconsistencies in calculations around the world.
A data released by Johns Hopkins University showed it has taken only 82 days for the latest million deaths, compared with 92 days for the previous million, despite the rapid vaccine roll-outs that allowed life to start to return to normal in countries such as Britain and the United States. (Source: The Straits Times)