Global corona deaths top 750,000

14 August, 2020 12:00 AM printer

PARIS: The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 750,000 people worldwide since it first emerged in China in December, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources on Thursday.

A total of 750,003 deaths have been recorded, out of 20,667,684 cases across the globe.

Latin America and the Caribbean were the hardest hit region with 228,572 fatalities.

Almost half of the deaths reported worldwide were in the four worst hit countries: the United States (166,038), Brazil (104,201), Mexico (54,666) and India (47,033).

In total, the number of people killed by the virus has doubled since June 2, while 100,000 people have died in the last 17 days alone.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, more than 18,600 deaths have occurred in the past week, ahead of Canada and the United States at over 8,000, Asia at 7,800, Africa with nearly 2,700 and Europe with almost 2,600. Overall, Oceania has been the least affected in terms of deaths with just under 400 for 24,000 infections.

And of almost 1.1 million people confirmed infected in Africa, so far just over 24,000 have died.

On Wednesday, 6,721 new deaths and 270,391 new cases were recorded worldwide. Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were the United States with 1,429 new deaths, followed by Brazil on 1,175 and India 942.

The United States is the worst-hit country with 166,027 deaths from 5,197,377 cases. At least 1,753,760 people have been declared recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 104,201 deaths from 3,164,785 cases; Mexico with 54,666 deaths from 498,380 cases; India with 47,033 deaths from 2,396,637 cases and the United Kingdom with 46,706 deaths from 313,798 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Belgium with 85 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by the United Kingdom with 69, Peru 66, Spain 61 and Italy 58.

China—excluding Hong Kong and Macau—has to date declared 84,756 cases, including 4,634 deaths, and 79,398 recoveries.

Asia has 75,896 deaths from 3,709,662 cases; the Middle East 31,180 deaths from 1,283,130 cases; Africa 24,269 deaths from 1,075,466 cases and Oceania 394 deaths from 24,391 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 with the previous day’s tallies.