Global corona toll crosses 505,000

1 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

PARIS: The coronavirus has killed at least 505,652 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Tuesday.

At least 10,322,400 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 5,187,300 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 is the worst-hit country with 126,141 deaths from 2,590,582 cases. At least 705,203 people have been declared recovered. After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 58,314 deaths from 1,368,195 cases, the United Kingdom with 43,575 deaths from 311,965 cases, Italy with 34,744 deaths from 240,436 cases, and France with 29,813 deaths from 200,667 cases.

Iran’s coronavirus epidemic is still in its first wave, the government said Tuesday as it announced nearly 150 new deaths a day after reporting a record high daily toll. The Islamic republic has struggled to contain COVID-19 since it reported its first cases—two deaths—in the Shiite holy city of Qom in late February.