“Covid-19 has killed over 1.6 million people around the world. But, God kept you alive. Just use 10 seconds to ‘THANK GOD’,” reads the text on a graphic shared on Facebook in Nigeria on 16 July 2020.
It shows a photo of two Nollywood actors: Chinedu Ikedieze, professionally known as “Aki”, and Osita Iheme, known as “Pawpaw”.
But has Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, killed more than 1.6 million people worldwide?
Global Covid-19 deaths still under 1 million
On 16 July, countries across the world had reported a total of 580,045 deaths from Covid-19 to the World Health Organization. That’s less than half of 1.6 million. On the day, there were 13.4 million confirmed cases of the disease worldwide.
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