Mark of 1 million killed by Covid-19 is “very sad”, but virus is suppressable, says WHO

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Sepulchers dig graves in the Vila Formosa cemetery in São Paulo amid the Covid-19 pandemic (REUTERS / Amanda Perobelli)

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that 1 million people killed by Covid-19 was “a very sad mark” after many of the victims suffered a “terrible and lonely death” and their families can’t say goodbye.

The death toll from the coronavirus worldwide has surpassed the 1 million mark, according to a Reuters count, a grim statistic in a pandemic that devastated the global economy, overburdened health systems and changed people’s livelihoods.

“Many people have lost many people and have not had a chance to say goodbye. Many people who died, died alone … It is a terribly difficult and lonely death, “said WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris in an interview with the United Nations (UN) in Geneva. “The only positive thing about the virus is that it is suppressible, it is not the flu.”

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay)

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