Global corona deaths cross 573,000

15 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

PARIS: The novel coronavirus has killed at least 573,091 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Tuesday.

At least 13,124,130 cases have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 7,063,900 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 on Monday confirmed 59,222 new coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hours, Johns Hopkins University reported in its real-time tally.

That put the total number of cases in the US, the nation hardest-hit by the global pandemic, at more than 3.36 million, the Baltimore-based university said at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Tuesday).

Another 411 deaths were reported, bringing that total toll to 135,582. At least 1,031,939 people have been declared recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 72,833 deaths from 1,884,967 cases, Britain with 44,830 deaths from 290,133 cases, Mexico with 35,491 deaths from 304,435 cases, and Italy with 34,967 deaths from 243,230 cases. Iran on Tuesday reported 179 new deaths from the novel coronavirus as authorities announced a decision to once more shutter some businesses in the capital to contain the virus’ resurgence.

The Iranian health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari raised the country’s overall COVID-19 death toll to 13,211 with the 179 fatalities recorded on Tuesday.

She added that 2,521 people had tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, raising the total cases confirmed to 262,173.    

China—excluding Hong Kong and Macau—has to date declared 83,605 cases, including 4,634 deaths, and 78,674 recoveries.

Europe overall has 202,998 deaths from 2,857,298 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 146,581 deaths from 3,420,016 infections, the United States and Canada 144,436 deaths from 3,472,354 cases, Asia 44,628 deaths from 1,816,070 cases, the Middle East 2,0850 deaths from 936,295 cases, Africa 13,459 deaths from 610,271 cases, and Oceania 139 deaths from 11,828 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.