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The new coronavirus has caused at least 23,293 deaths worldwide since December and has affected more than half a million people, according to an AFP balance sheet based on official sources, this Thursday at 4 pm.
Since the epidemic began, more than 505,580 cases of contagion have been reported in 182 countries or territories. The number of positive diagnosed cases, however, reflects only part of the total number of infections due to different policies in different countries for diagnosing cases. Some test only people who need hospitalization.
In the last 24 hours, there have been 2,650 new deaths and 55,897 infections worldwide. In the same period, the countries that recorded the most deaths were Italy, with 662 new deaths, Spain (655) and France (365).
The death toll in Italy, which recorded its first virus-related death in late February, is 8,165. The country recorded 80,539 infections. Since Wednesday, 662 deaths and 6,153 new infections have been reported.
Italian authorities say 9,362 people have been cured. After Italy, the countries most affected are Spain with 4,089 deaths and 56,188 cases, Mainland China with 3,287 deaths (81,285 cases), Iran with 2,234 deaths (29,406 cases) and France with 1,696 deaths (29,155 cases).
Mainland China (not counting Hong Kong and Macau), where the epidemic broke out in late December, has a total of 81,285 infected people, of whom 3,287 have died and 74,051 have been completely cured. In the last 24 hours, 67 new cases and six deaths were recorded.
Russia, Croatia, Kenya, the Palestinian Authority, Armenia and Kazakhstan announced the first deaths related to the new coronavirus in their territories.
Europe has 15,999 deaths (274,955 contagions), Asia 3,646 (101,123), Middle East 2,291 (35,618), United States and Canada 1,106 (78,642), Latin America and the Caribbean 150 (8,935), Africa 87 (3,203) and Oceania 14 ( 3,111).
This assessment was based on data from national authorities compiled by AFP offices and information from the World Health Organization (WHO).