According to Our World in Data, it is estimated that around 60 million people died in 2020. The website Worldometer, on the basis of data from the World Health Organization, reports that 1.8 million people died from COVID-19 in 2020. We find these figures intolerable and are frantically seeking ways to minimise the deaths from this virus.
In the normal scheme of things, we mourn the death of someone who has died. We find it easier to accept if the death occurred as a result of natural causes, especially if the person dying is “old”, but less so if the cause were cancer (8.2 million worldwide in 2020), or what we consider “preventable”, as in the case of COVID-19.
It is more difficult if the death were accidental (1.4 million road accident fatalities in 2020), but it is particularly abhorrent if the death were the result of a homicide.