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BALTIMORE – The worldwide death toll from COVID-19 topped 4 million on Wednesday, according to the database compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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The number of deaths from the pandemic is nearly equal to the number of people killed in battle from all of the world’s wars since 1982, The Associated Press reported, citing estimates from Peace Research Institute Oslo.

The number is also three times as many people killed in traffic accidents worldwide each year, the AP reported, and about equal to the population of Los Angeles.

At 10 p.m. EDT, the total number of deaths worldwide stood at 4,000,269, according to Johns Hopkins. The United States’ total is 606,215, according to the database.

Since the introduction of COVID-19 vaccines, deaths per day have dropped to around 7,900, after topping out at over 18,000 a day in January, the AP reported.

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