Global corona toll nearing 3.5 million

22 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

PARIS: The novel coronavirus has killed at least 3,432,711 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019 till 1000 GMT on Friday, reports AFP.

At least 165,093,780 cases of coronavirus have been registered. The vast majority have recovered, though some have continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later. These figures are based on daily tolls provided by health authorities in each country and exclude later re-evaluations by statistical organisations, as has happened in Russia, Spain and Britain.

On Thursday, 12,691 new deaths and 669,282 new cases were recorded worldwide.

Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were India with 4,209 new deaths, followed by Brazil with 2,403 and United States with 692.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 588,539 deaths from 33,056,860 cases. After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 444,094 deaths from 15,894,094 cases, India with 291,331 deaths from 26,031,991 cases, Mexico with 221,080 deaths from 2,390,140 cases, and Britain with 127,701 deaths from 4,455,221 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Hungary with 304 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Czech Republic with 280, Bosnia-Herzegovina with 277, Republic of North Macedonia 253 and Bulgaria 251.

Europe overall has 1,118,515 deaths from 52,257,202 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 998,251 deaths from 31,461,832 infections, and the United States and Canada 613,643 deaths from 34,402,925 cases.

Asia has reported 434,304 deaths from 33,837,688 cases, the Middle East 139,420 deaths from 8,354,448 cases, Africa 127,484 deaths from 4,732,254 cases, and Oceania 1,094 deaths from 47,432 cases.

Since the start of the pandemic, the number of tests conducted has greatly increased while testing and reporting techniques have improved, leading to a rise in reported cases.

However, the number of diagnosed cases is only a part of the real total number of infections as a significant number of less serious or asymptomatic cases always remain undetected.

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.