PARIS: he new coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 550,000 lives worldwide, an AFP tally showed on Thursday, with more than half the deaths in the four worst-hit countries—the US, Brazil, Britain and Italy.
A total of 550,013 deaths were recorded globally out of 12,081,516 cases, a tally based on official data showed. Of these, at least 6,431,400 are now considered recovered.The United States led with 132,309 deaths, followed by Brazil (67,964), the United Kingdom (44,517) and Italy (34,914).
Europe recorded 201,124 deaths for 2,782,032 cases, making it the worst affected continent.
Worldwide, 6,447,909 patients—or more than half the number of infections—were declared by health authorities to have recovered.
The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organisation (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 132,309 deaths from 3,055,144 cases. At least 953,420 people have been declared recovered.After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 67,964 deaths from 1,713,160 cases, United Kingdom with 44,517 deaths from 286,979 cases, Italy with 34,914 deaths from 242,149 cases, and Mexico with 32,796 deaths from 275,003 cases.
Iran reported a new single-day record death toll of 221 from the novel coronavirus on Thursday, after weeks of rising numbers in the Middle East’s worst-hit country. “Unfortunately in the past 24 hours we have lost 221 of our compatriots to the COVID-19 disease,” health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told a televised news conference. “The death toll has now reached 12,305.”
China—excluding Hong Kong and Macau—has to date declared 83,581 cases (9 new since Wednesday), including 4,634 deaths (0 new), and 78,590 recoveries.
Europe overall has 201,080 deaths from 2,780,745 cases, the United States and Canada 141,077 deaths from 3,161,512 infections, Latin America and the Caribbean 135,483 deaths from 3,108,263 cases, Asia 40,586 deaths from 1,611,883 cases, Middle East 19,101 deaths from 869,766 cases, Africa 12,239 deaths from 524,094 cases, and Oceania 135 deaths from 10,619 cases.
As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.