(Paris) The novel coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 4,220,816 people worldwide since the WHO office in China reported the outbreak of the disease in late December 2019, according to an AFP report from official sources at 6 a.m. on Sunday.
Posted on Aug 1, 2021 at 7:18 am
More than 197,821,560 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed since the epidemic began. The vast majority of patients recover, but a still poorly rated portion will retain symptoms for weeks or even months.
The figures are based on reports submitted daily by the health authorities in each country. They exclude the retrospective revisions carried out by certain statistical organizations, which result in a much higher number of deaths.
Taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to COVID-19, the WHO even estimates that the number of victims of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than officially recorded.
Most of the less serious or asymptomatic cases also go undetected in many countries, despite the intensification of screening.
8,830 new deaths and 514,389 new cases were recorded worldwide on Saturday.
The countries that recorded the most new deaths in their most recent reports are Indonesia with 1,604 new deaths, Brazil (910) and Russia (789).
The United States is the hardest hit country in terms of deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, with 613,157 deaths for 34,978,461 cases.
After the US, the hardest hit countries are Brazil with 556,370 deaths and 19,917,855 cases, India with 424,351 deaths (31,655,824 cases), Mexico with 240,906 deaths (2,848,252 cases) and Peru with 196,353 deaths (2,111,393 cases ).
Among the hardest hit countries, Peru is the country with the most deaths in relation to its population with 596 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Hungary (311), Bosnia (295), the Czech Republic (284) and North Macedonia (264).
Latin America and the Caribbean recorded a total of 1,373,907 deaths in 40,841,711 cases on Sunday morning, Europe 1,202,499 deaths (58,427,601 cases), Asia 672,610 deaths (44,846,557 cases), the United States and Canada 639,755 deaths (36,409. 202 cases), Africa 170,295 deaths (6,719,516 cases)), the Middle East 160,371 deaths (10,493,021 cases), and Oceania 1,379 deaths (83,957 cases).
This assessment was carried out using data collected by the AFP offices of the national competent authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Due to regulatory corrections or late release of data, the 24-hour increase numbers may not exactly match the values published the previous day.