4 min read.Updated: 17 Dec 2021, 06:07 AM ISTAlok Sheel
The current pandemic’s pattern echoes the one a century ago, though it’s far less lethal and the global context differs vastly
The accompanying table has aggregated official mortality trends of 32 major countries, accounting for about 70% of the global population and 85% of covid deaths, as recorded, at six weekly intervals since the beginning of the covid pandemic from around March 2020. Analysing these trends, this writer had concluded at the end of July 2021 that the pandemic appeared to be either petering out or a third wave was still to manifest itself. Covid mortality had declined across the board, but not for the first time. Europe and Asia had already had two distinct waves of the pandemic, whereas the Americas had had an extended first wave.
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