Global corona toll climbs to 374,349

2 June, 2020 12:00 AM printer

PARIS: The novel coronavirus has killed at least 374,349 people since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Monday, report AFP and worldometer.  

At least 6,291,362 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 2,862,555 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 cases or the most serious ones.

The United States is the worst-hit country with 106,198 deaths from 1,790,191 cases. At least 599,875 people have been declared recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Britain with 38,489 deaths from 274,762 cases, Italy with 33,415 deaths from 233,019 cases, Brazil with 29,314 deaths and 514,849 cases and France with 28,802 deaths and 188,882 cases.

China — excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to date declared 4,634 deaths and 83,017 infections. It has 78,307 recovered cases.

Europe overall has 178,294 deaths from 2,161,645 cases, the United States and Canada have 111,731 deaths from 1,881,118 infections, Latin America and the Caribbean 51,561 deaths from 1,022,471 cases, Asia 16,539 deaths from 554,648 cases, the Middle East 9,569 deaths from 407,336 cases, Africa 4,221 deaths from 147,068 cases, and Oceania 132 deaths from 8,574 cases.

Meanwhile, Iran on Monday announced almost 3,000 new coronavirus infections, its highest daily count in two months, as it warned of another “dangerous peak” in the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak.

 “People seem to think the coronavirus is over... some officials also believe everything” is back to normal, said Health Minister Saeed Namaki.

“The coronavirus is not only far from over, but we could at any moment see (another) dangerous peak,” he said in a televised interview.

Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour raised Iran’s caseload to 154,445 with 2,979 new infections recorded in the past 24 hours.

He added that the virus had claimed another 81 lives in the past day, up by 18 compared with Sunday and raising the total to 7,878.

According to Namaki, the provinces of Sistan and Baluchistan, Kermanshah, and Hormozgan are currently struggling with surges in infections.

He added that half Iran’s fatalities for the past day were recorded in three provinces, without naming them.

“If this continues, deaths can reach three digits again.”

Infections have been on a rising trajectory in the Islamic republic since hitting a near two-month low on May 2.

Experts both at home and abroad have voiced scepticism about Iran’s official figures, saying the real toll could be much higher.

Health officials have repeatedly raised the alarm for Khuzestan province on Iran’s southwestern border with Iraq.

Khuzestan remains “red”, the highest level on Iran’s colour-coded risk scale, and is the only province where the government has reimposed a lockdown.

“We pleaded with the people to not hold weddings or funerals but they did not listen” especially in Khuzestan, said Namaki.