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Global death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic reaches a grim milestone

BY The Canadian Press, Sep 28, 2020 3:35 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

The Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary is seen on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

The global death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to reach one-million sometime today, based on the official tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

But experts believe the true number is much higher, considering the difficulties in testing and identifying virus-related deaths early in the health crisis.

The grim milestone also comes at a time when many countries are either approaching or are in the midst of a second wave of COVID-19.

The US already has surpassed 200,000 virus-related deaths, with the CDC warning tens of thousands more Americans could die as the weather gets colder.

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