The number of people who died of COVID-19 has reached five million as of Friday.
Based on the data gathered by Reuters, more than half of all global deaths reported on a seven-day average were in the United States, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, and India.
A Reuters analysis has also shown that an average of 8,000 deaths was reported daily across the world over the last week, or around five deaths every minute.
Despite the latest data, Reuters noted that the global death rate has been slowing in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, Russia reported 887 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, the largest single-day death toll it has recorded since the pandemic began and the fourth day in a row it has set that record.
The death toll could be attributed to the fact that only 33% of Russia’s eligible population has received a first vaccine dose.
Based on COVID-10 data by region, South America has the highest death toll in the world accounting for 21% of all reported deaths, followed by North America and Eastern Europe contributing more than 14% of all fatalities each.
Moreover, it was also learned that the Delta variant is now the dominant strain around the globe and has been reported in 187 out of 194 World Health Organization member countries.