Global corona toll climbs to 332,870

23 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

PARIS: The novel coronavirus has killed at least 332,870 people since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Friday, reports AFP.  

At least 5,109,290 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 1,913,300 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.

Many countries are testing only symptomatic or the most serious cases. The United States remains the worst-hit country with 94,729 deaths from 1,577,758 cases. At least 298,418 people have been declared recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Britain with 36,042 deaths from 250,908 cases, Italy with 32,486 from 228,006 cases, France at 28,215 deaths and 181,826 cases, and Spain (27,940 and 233,037).

China — excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to date declared 4,634 deaths and 82,971 cases. It has 78,255 recovered cases.