(Paris) The novel coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 4,529,715 people worldwide since the WHO office in China reported the outbreak of the disease in late December 2019, according to a report produced by AFP from official sources at 6 a.m. on Thursday .
Posted on Sep 2, 2021 at 6:52 am
More than 218,339,530 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.
As of Wednesday, 11,476 new deaths and 705,591 new cases were recorded worldwide.
The countries that recorded the most new deaths in their most recent reports are the United States with 2,178 new deaths and Mexico (1,177).
The United States is the hardest hit country in terms of deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, with 642,081 deaths for 39,396,408 cases.
After the US, the hardest hit countries are Brazil with 581,150 deaths and 20,804,215 cases, India with 439,529 deaths (32,857,937 cases), Mexico with 260,503 deaths (3,369,747 cases) and Peru with 198,329 deaths (2,151,010 cases ).
Among the hardest hit countries, Peru is the country with the most deaths in relation to its population with 602 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Hungary (311), Bosnia (299), North Macedonia (286), the Czech Republic (284) and Montenegro ( 276).
Latin America and the Caribbean recorded a total of 1,442,403 deaths in 43,342,211 cases on Thursday at 6 a.m., Europe 1,252,868 deaths (63,369,067 cases), Asia 783,439 deaths (50,426,074 cases), USA and Canada 669,029 deaths ( 40,897,005 cases), Africa 197,001 deaths (7,822,967 cases), the Middle East 183,234 deaths (12,357,445 cases), and Oceania 1,741 deaths (124,769 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 official corrections or late publication of the data, the 24-hour increase numbers may not exactly match those published the day before.