The new coronavirus has caused at least 422,851 deaths worldwide since it appeared in December, according to a balance sheet carried out by AFP based on official sources until 4 pm on Friday.
Since the epidemic began, more than 7,569,860 people in 196 countries or territories have contracted the disease. Among them, at least 3,384,300 have recovered according to authorities. The number of positive diagnosed cases reflects only part of the total infections due to different countries’ policies for diagnosing cases. Some do so only with those in need of hospitalization, and in many poor countries testing capacity is limited.
Since yesterday, at 16:00 BSB (19:00 GMT), 5,007 new deaths and 131,826 infections have been reported worldwide. The countries that registered the most deaths are Brazil, with 1,239 new deaths, the United States (856) and Mexico (587).
The death toll in the United States, which recorded its first virus-related death in early February, is 114,065. The country recorded 2,031,173 infections. The authorities consider that 540,292 people have been cured.
After the United States, the countries most affected are the United Kingdom with 41,481 deaths and 292,950 cases, Brazil with 40,919 deaths (802,828 cases), Italy with 34,223 deaths (236,305 cases) and France with 29,374 deaths (193,090 cases).
Among the countries hardest hit, Belgium has the highest mortality rate, with 83 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by the United Kingdom (61), Spain (58), Italy (57) and Sweden (48).
Mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), where the epidemic broke out in late December, has a total of 83,064 infected people, of whom 4,634 died and 78,365 were completely cured. In the last 24 hours, 7 new cases and 0 deaths were recorded.
This Friday at 16:00 BSB (18:00 GMT) and since the beginning of the epidemic, Europe had 186,843 deaths (2,363,480 infections), United States and Canada 122,159 (2,129,067), Latin America and the Caribbean 74,618 (1,528,388), Asia 21,852 (786,631), Middle East 11,309 (534,020), Africa 5,939 (219,599) and Oceania 131 (8,676).
This assessment was carried out with data from national authorities compiled by AFP offices and with information from the World Health Organization (WHO). Due to corrections by the authorities or the late publication of data, the increase in numbers published in the last 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day.