Chen-ou Liu's Translation Project: First English-Chinese Haiku and Tanka Blog

Monday, November 1, 2021

5 Million Deaths Tanka

Two Hundred and Eighty-Second Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

5 million deaths ...
at the end of the G20 Summit
masked leaders
toss coins over their shoulders
into the Trevi Fountain

FYI: Global Covid-19 deaths surpass five million, CNN, November 1 2021:

... Johns Hopkins University (JHU)'s global tally of deaths reached 5,000,425 at 4:50 a.m. ET on Monday ... Last Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned global cases and deaths are increasing for the first time in two months...The United States has been the worst hit, with the highest number of cases and deaths. About 46 million cases have been reported in the country and more than 745,800 patients have died, according to JHU...

COVID-19's global death toll tops 5 million in under 2 years, The Independent, Nov. 1

... Globally, COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and stroke.

The staggering figure is almost certainly an undercount because of limited testing and people dying at home without medical attention, especially in poor parts of the world, such as India...

Added: Two Hundred and Eighty-Third Entry

the long gaze
of a masked policeman
a black hooded teen