PARIS, June 4, 2021 (BSS/AFP) – The novel coronavirus has killed at least 3,704,003 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1000 GMT on Friday.
At least 172,071,490 cases of coronavirus have been registered. The vast majority have recovered, though some have continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.
The figures are based on daily reports provided by health authorities in each country. They exclude revisions made by other statistical organisations, which show that the number of deaths is much higher.
The World Health Organization estimates that the pandemic’s overall toll could be two to three times higher than official records, due to the excess mortality that is directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19.
A large number of the less severe or asymptomatic cases also remain undetected, despite intensified testing in many countries.
On Thursday, 10,595 new deaths and 487,550 new cases were recorded worldwide.
Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were India with 2,713 new deaths, followed by Brazil with 1,682 and United States with 589.
The United States is the worst-affected country with 596,434 deaths from 33,326,410 cases.
After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 469,388 deaths from 16,803,472 cases, India with 340,702 deaths from 28,574,350 cases, Mexico with 228,362 deaths from 2,426,822 cases, and Peru with 185,380 deaths from 1,968,393 cases.
The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Peru with 562 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Hungary with 308, Bosnia-Herzegovina with 284, Czech Republic with 281, and Republic of North Macedonia with 261.
Latin America and the Caribbean overall has 1,170,650 deaths from 33,580,797 cases, Europe 1,139,837 deaths from 53,127,297 infections, and the United States and Canada 622,063 deaths from 34,712,854 cases.
Asia has reported 494,808 deaths from 37,028,726 cases, the Middle East 144,023 deaths from 8,688,851 cases, Africa 131,520 deaths from 4,883,779 cases, and Oceania 1,102 deaths from 49,188 cases.
As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.