Listen Live

The coronavirus has led to the death of 3 million people worldwide with the actual number believed to be much higher because of concealed numbers and cases in the early stages of the outbreak being overlooked.

>> Read more trending news

The U.S. (566,238), Brazil (368,749) and Mexico (211,693) have the highest lives lost, according to Johns Hopkins University, which has compiled numbers on coronavirus cases and deaths since the pandemic started.

In January, as immunization efforts were rolling out, there were 2 million deaths globally. Vaccine efforts are underway in 190 countries, although success in distributing vaccines has varied widely.

Even amid increased vaccinations, deaths are rising, with 12,000 deaths daily on average from COVID-19. In the U.S., which accounts for 1 in 6 of the world’s deaths, hospitalizations and deaths have dropped. Many states are loosening restrictions and businesses are reopening. There are about 700 deaths daily down from a peak in mid-January of 3,400 a day.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.