(Paris) The novel coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 4,798,207 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 Monday .
Posted on Oct 4, 2021 at 6:41 am Updated at 8:01 am
More than 234,850,860 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.
The World Health Organization (WHO) even estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to COVID-19, that the number of victims of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than the officially recorded.
Most of the less serious or asymptomatic cases also go undetected in many countries, despite the intensification of screening.
4,232 new deaths and 299,253 new cases were recorded worldwide on Sunday.
The countries that recorded the most new deaths in their most recent reports are Russia with 883 new deaths, the United States (246) and Iran (229).
The United States is the hardest hit country in terms of deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, with 701,176 deaths for 43,683,179 cases.
After the US, the hardest hit countries are Brazil with 597,948 deaths and 21,468,121 cases, India with 448,997 deaths (33,834,702 cases), Mexico with 278,801 deaths (3,681,960 cases) and Russia with 210,801 deaths (7,612,317 cases ).
Among the hardest hit countries, Peru is the country with the most deaths per 100,000 population, with 605 deaths per population, followed by Bosnia (324), North Macedonia (322), Hungary (313), Montenegro (308). ) and Bulgaria (302).
Latin America and the Caribbean recorded a total of 1,493,343 deaths in 45,066,619 cases on Monday, Europe 1,318,289 deaths (68,312,653 cases), Asia 843,800 deaths (54,210,342 cases), US and Canada 729,124 deaths (45,315,472 cases), Africa 211,357 deaths (8,318.33)), the Middle East 200,066 deaths (13,439,750 cases) and Oceania 2,228 deaths (187,658 cases).
This assessment was carried out on the basis of data collected by the AFP offices at the national competent authorities and information from WHO.
Due to regulatory corrections or late publication of data, the 24-hour increase numbers may not exactly match those of the previous day.
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Almost 4.8 million dead
The pandemic has killed at least 4,798,207 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 Monday.
The United States is the hardest hit country with 701,176 deaths, followed by Brazil (597,948), India (448,997) and Mexico (278,801).
Among the hardest hit countries, Peru is the country with the highest number of deaths relative to its population
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.