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The number of coronavirus-related deaths worldwide over the course of the pandemic so far has passed 900,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. The true toll is likely to be higher, due to delays in reporting, differing definitions (of what constitutes a coronavirus-related death, for example) and suspected underreporting in some countries.
The next milestone of this magnitude will be 1 million dead.
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