However, AFP warns that the number of diagnosed cases reflects only a fraction of the actual total infections, as with a large number of countries it is testing only those cases that require hospital care. Among these cases, to date, at least 1,501,900 are considered cured.
Since Wednesday’s 19:00 GMT count, 5,398 new deaths and 89,751 new cases have occurred worldwide.
The countries with the most deaths in the last 24 hours are the United States, with 1,736 new deaths, Brazil (749) and the United Kingdom (428).
The United States, which had its first death linked to the coronavirus in early February, is the country most affected in terms of number of deaths and cases, with 84,985 deaths in 1,401,948 cases.
At least 243,430 people have been declared cured by US health officials.
After the United States, the countries most affected to date are the United Kingdom, with 33,614 deaths and 233,151 cases, Italy, with 31,368 deaths (223,096 cases), France, with 27,425 deaths (178,870 cases) and Spain, with 27,321 killed (229,540 cases).
Among the countries hardest hit, Belgium remains the one with the highest number of deaths compared to its population, with 77 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Spain (58), Italy (52), United Kingdom ( 50) and France (42).
China (excluding the territories of Hong Kong and Macau), where the epidemic began in late December, officially accounted for a total of 82,929 cases (three new between Wednesday and today), including 4,633 deaths and 78,195 cures.
Since Wednesday at 19:00 TMG, South Sudan has announced its first virus-related death.
Europe totaled 162,654 deaths and 1,825,812 cases at 19:00 today, the United States and Canada 90,539 deaths (1,475,279 cases), Latin America and the Caribbean 24,405 deaths (429,138 cases), Asia 11,455 deaths ( 327,508 cases), the Middle East 7,908 deaths (254,853 cases), Africa 2,551 deaths (74,877 cases) and Oceania 126 deaths (8,332 cases).
This assessment was carried out using data gathered by AFP delegations from the competent national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO).
AFP warns that due to corrections by the authorities or the late publication of the data, the 24-hour increase numbers may not correspond exactly to those published the previous day.
Portugal, with 1,184 registered deaths and 28,319 confirmed cases, is the 22nd country in the world with the most deaths and the 23rd in number of infections.