Covid-19 overtakes malaria to become the world’s leading cause of death
On 31 December 2019, the detection of a “pneumonia of unknown cause” in Wuhan, China was reported to the World Health Organisation.
Only a handful of people in the world even suspected that something was up.
Now, just five months later, Covid-19 is the leading cause of death in the world.
Covid-19 overtakes malaria as humanity’s leading killer
On 25 April, the number of deaths due to Covid-19 (206 000) overtook the number of people who died from malaria (205 000), usually the most common cause of death around the world, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study (Johns Hopkins).
Top-10 leading causes of death worldwide so far this year (to 24 May 2020):
Covid-19 – 345 059
Malaria – 256 795
Malnutrition – 209 815
Homicide – 161 965
Parkinson’s – 136 445
Drowning – 124 410
Meningitis – 121 365
Influenza – 82 070
Maternal – 80 475
Alcohol – 74 530
Global deaths due to various causes (1 January 2020)
Global deaths due to various causes (25 April 2020)
Global deaths due to various causes (24 May 2020)
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