On January 1, 2020, the most important cause behind worldwide deaths was an age-old disease, Malaria. Five months into 2020, the novel coronavirus left behind every other disease to become the highest reason behind global fatalities.
According to official statistics obtained from John Hopkins COVID repository, Global Burden of Disease study, and Worldometers populations, the seven percent of annual deaths were listed down.
Apart from COVID-19, there have been several other reasons for deaths listed like Malaria, malnutrition, homicide, Parkinson’s disease, drowning meningitis, alcohol, influenza, maternal mortality, drugs, conflict etc.
On May 24, the study showed that COVID-19 led the graph of deaths by 345,059, leaving malaria at 256,795.
According to The News, the planet Health Organisation (WHO) warned in April that disruptions to malaria prevention and treatment caused by the coronavirus could see malaria deaths double this year.
The increase alone—estimated at the worst case to be 369,000—would almost equal the present confirmed price of COVID-19, said the report.
Global efforts to eradicate malaria have made enormous progress within the last 20 years .
“Although the disease still kills 400,000 people annually , over twice as many of us died from malaria in 2000 as 2018. Before the coronavirus pandemic, experts saw 2020 as a critical year in sustaining progress against malaria, particularly because the decrease in morbidity and mortality has slowed in recent years. But the COVID-19 pandemic has now raised fears of a return to death tolls unseen for many years ,” it read.
According to a Reuters tally, as of today, the worldwide price thanks to the virus exceeded 472,758 while the amount of cases crossed nine million.