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COVID-19 death toll tops three million

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The global death toll from the coronavirus has topped a staggering three million people amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as Brazil, India and France.

The number of lives lost, as compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the combined population of Brisbane (2.56m) and Canberra (432,000).

The true number is believed to be significantly higher because of possible government concealment and many cases overlooked in the early stages of the outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019.

Around the world, the trajectory of the virus and the race to bring it under control varies widely from country to country.

Even as the US and Britain see their vaccination drives hit their stride and begin to contemplate life after the pandemic, others are lagging behind in putting shots in arms and have imposed new lockdowns and other restrictions as cases soar.

Worldwide, deaths are running at more than 12,000 per day on average, and new cases at more than 700,000 a day.

The US death toll alone is in excess of 560,000, accounting for more than one in six of the world's COVID-19 deaths, by far the highest reported by any country.

The United States is followed by Brazil (368,749 deaths), Mexico (211,693), India (175,649) and Britain (127,472).