Global corona toll crosses 1.404m

28 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

PARIS: The novel coronavirus has killed at least 1,440,629 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, agencies report on Friday.

At least 61,452,584 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 42,528,943 are now considered recovered.

On Thursday, 10,859 new deaths and 561,042 new cases were recorded worldwide. Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were United States with 1,333 new deaths, followed by Italy with 822 and Brazil with 691.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 269,597 deaths from 13,249,447 cases.  At least 7,849,718 people have been declared recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 171,460 deaths from 6,204,220 cases, India with 135,715 deaths from 9,309,787 cases, Mexico with 104,242 deaths from 1,078,594 cases, and the United Kingdom with 57,031 deaths from 1,574,562 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Belgium with 140 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Peru with 109, Spain 95, Italy 87.

China -- excluding Hong Kong and Macau -- has to date declared 86,495 cases, including 4634 deaths and 81,558 recoveries.

Latin America and the Caribbean overall have 442,196 deaths from 12,750,062 cases, Europe 395,552 deaths from 17,415,864 infections, and the United States and Canada 275,235 deaths from 13,236,105 cases.

Asia has reported 191,740 deaths from 12,172,390 cases, the Middle East 76,773 deaths from 3,242,764 cases, Africa 50,941 deaths from 2,122,809 cases, and Oceania 941 deaths from 30,257 cases.

Meanwhile, millions of Americans defied Covid-19 guidelines Thursday to spend a subdued Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, while questions emerged over the level of protection that one potential vaccine offers.

About a million people were screened at US airports each day over the last week, as many appeared bent on enjoying one of the country's biggest annual celebrations.

The exodus came despite warnings that mass travel threatens to significantly worsen the pandemic in the country hit hardest, with a six-month high of more than 2,400 deaths registered in the US in just the past 24 hours.

President-elect Joe Biden offered a message of hope, however, in a Thanksgiving video address that rallied Americans to pull together to defeat the outbreak.

"I know better days are coming, I know how bright our future is. I know the 21st Century is going to be an American century," he said.

British pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, one of three firms that have reported their vaccine to be ready, said Thursday that further research was needed after questions emerged over the protection it offers.

The manufacturer initially said its vaccine was 70 percent effective, and then said it was 90 percent effective when an initial half-dose and then a full dose were given.

But US scientists said the higher rate came during tests in people aged 55 and under.

Vaccine breakthroughs have raised hopes for an end to the outbreak, though much of the world faces a gloomy winter dampened by lockdowns, economic anxiety and devastating loss.

Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease expert, said he was expecting "a surge superimposed upon a surge" caused by the big holiday getaway.

President Donald Trump, for his part, spent the day golfing at a course he owns in Virginia, taking time out to attack Biden's record-setting winning vote count in the election earlier this month.

"Just saw the vote tabulations. There is NO WAY Biden got more than 80,000,000 votes!!! This was a 100% RIGGED ELECTION," he fumed on Twitter.