Is the number of worldwide coronavirus deaths over 900,000?By Niyi Oyedeji on September 9, 2020
A social media post claims that the number of worldwide coronavirus deaths has surpassed 900,000.
The post was retrieved from a Facebook page with the name War Desk . The page has over nine thousand (9,740) likes as at September 9, 2020 when the claim was made.
The post reads: “BREAKING: Number of worldwide coronavirus deaths pass 900,000”.
That the number of worldwide coronavirus deaths has passed 900,000 as at September 9, 2020.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the first human cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, subsequently named SARS-CoV-2 were first reported by officials in Wuhan City, China, in December 2019.
Since the outbreak of this pandemic, the coronavirus has spread to several countries of the world with the current confirmed cases standing at over 27 million (27,417,497) as at September 9.
The FactCheckHub checked the WHO website for the official statistics of the current number of worldwide coronavirus deaths. From the WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dashboard, it was stated that total number of worldwide coronavirus deaths is 894,241 across 216 countries, areas or territories with cases. The WHO data is as at September 9, 2020.
Similarly, The FactCheckHub checked to see if there is any media report backing the claim but found none.
The only major figure of worldwide coronavirus deaths reported was when the death toll climbed to 800,000 on August 22, and was reported by several major news organizations like Aljazeera, Washington post and The New York Times.
Based on the checks above the claim that the number of worldwide coronavirus deaths has passed 900,000 as at September 9, 2020 is FALSE.