Sunday, 17 October, 2021

Global corona toll nears 4.75 million

Global corona toll nears 4.75 million

PARIS: The novel coronavirus has killed at least 4,725,638 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019 till 1000 GMT on Friday, reports AFP.

At least 230,520,700 cases of coronavirus have been registered. The vast majority have recovered, though some have continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.

The figures are based on daily reports provided by health authorities in each country. They exclude revisions made by other statistical organisations, which show that the number of deaths is much higher.

The World Health Organization estimates that the pandemic's overall toll could be two to three times higher than official records, due to the excess mortality that is directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19. A large number of the less severe or asymptomatic cases also remain undetected, despite intensified testing in many countries.

On Thursday, 10,235 new deaths and 517,024 new cases were recorded worldwide. Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were United States with 3,159 new deaths, followed by Russia with 828 and Mexico with 748.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 684,357 deaths from 42,672,291 cases. After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 592,964 deaths from 21,308,178 cases, India with 446,368 deaths from 33,594,803 cases, Mexico with 274,139 deaths from 3,608,976 cases, and Russia with 202,273 deaths from 7,376,374 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Peru with 604 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Bosnia-Herzegovina with 316, Republic of North Macedonia with 314, Hungary with 312, Montenegro with 299 and Bulgaria with 291.

Latin America and the Caribbean overall has 1,479,918 deaths from 44,632,586 cases, Europe 1,297,464 deaths from 66,750,562 infections, and Asia 830,653 deaths from 53,294,527 cases.

The United States and Canada has reported 711,909 deaths from 44,263,455 cases, Africa 207,657 deaths from 8,214,938 cases, Middle East 196,014 deaths from 13,199,013 cases, and Oceania 2,023 deaths from 165,624 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.