The coronavirus pandemic has caused at least 1,806,072 deaths worldwide since the World Health Organization (WHO) office in China reported the onset of the disease in December 2019 – according to a balance made by AFP on Thursday (31) , based on official sources.
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Since the start of the pandemic, more than 82,676,050 people have contracted the disease. Of these, at least 51,918,900 have been recovered, according to local health authorities.
These figures are based on the reports communicated daily by the health authorities of each country and exclude corrections made “a posteriori” by different agencies, such as in Russia, Spain, or the United Kingdom.
Since the beginning of the current health crisis, the number of tests performed has increased considerably, and screening techniques have improved, causing a rise in reported infections. Even so, the number of diagnosed cases reflects only a part of the total number of contagions. Less severe cases, or asymptomatic, remain undetected.
On Wednesday, 15,599 new deaths and 679,925 infections were recorded worldwide. The countries that recorded the most deaths, according to the latest official figures, are the United States, with 3,927; Brazil, with 1,194; and Mexico, with 1,052.
The death toll in the United States reaches 342,414, with 19,745,137 cases of contagion.
After the United States, the countries with the most fatal victims are Brazil, with 193,875 deaths and 7,619,200 cases; India, with 148,738 deaths (10,266,674 cases); Mexico, with 124,897 deaths (1,413,935 cases); and Italy, with 73,604 deaths (2,083,689 cases).
Among the countries hardest hit, Belgium has the highest mortality rate, with 168 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Slovenia (128), Bosnia (123), Italy (122) and North Macedonia (119).
Since the emergence of the pandemic, Europe has accumulated 568,862 deaths (26,300,009 cases of contagion); Latin America and the Caribbean, 505,089 (15,465,966); United States and Canada, 357,854 (20,316,207); Asia, 218,751 (13,862,834); Middle East, 89,766 (3,969,128); Africa, 64,805 (2,730,865); and Oceania, 945 (31,041).
This balance was based on data from national authorities collected by AFP newsrooms and information from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Due to corrections by the authorities, or the late release of data, the increase in numbers published in 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the figures from the previous day.