Assessment of the pandemic | More than 4,593,000 dead worldwide

(Paris) The novel coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 4,593,164 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 on Thursday at 6 a.m.

Posted on Sep 9, 2021 at 7:09 am

More than 222,467,600 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, 10,074 new deaths and 660,070 new cases were recorded worldwide. The countries that recorded the most new deaths in their most recent reports are the United States with 2,084 new deaths, Mexico (879) and Russia (794).

The United States is the hardest hit country in terms of deaths, with 652,675 deaths for 40,456,816 registered cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University census.

After the US, the hardest hit countries are Brazil with 584,421 deaths and 20,928,008 cases, India with 441,749 deaths (33,139,981 cases), Mexico with 265,420 deaths (3,465,171 cases) and Peru with 198,595 deaths (2,157,536 cases ).

Among the hardest hit countries, Peru is the country with the highest number of deaths in relation to its population with 602 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Hungary (311), Bosnia (303), North Macedonia (295), the Czech Republic (284 ) and Montenegro (283).

Latin America and the Caribbean had a total of 1,454,846 deaths in 43,746,004 cases on Thursday at 6 a.m., Europe 1,266,744 deaths (64,457,948 cases), Asia 801,191 deaths (51,478,202 cases), USA and Canada 679,761 deaths ( 41,983,730 cases), Africa 201,029 deaths (7,980,109 cases), the Middle East 187,786 deaths (12,685,376 cases), and Oceania 1,807 deaths (136,231 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.

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More than 4.59 million dead

The COVID-19 pandemic has killed at least 4,593,164 people worldwide since late December 2019, according to a report compiled from official sources by AFP at 6 a.m. on Thursday.

The United States is the country with the most deaths, according to official figures (652,675), ahead of Brazil (584,421), India (441,749), Mexico (265,420) and Peru (198,595).

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to COVID-19, that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times greater.

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