The novel coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 2,474,437 worldwide since the WHO office in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from from official sources Tuesday at 11:00 GMT.
Some 111,641,390 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed since the start of the epidemic, of which at least 68,552,400 are now considered cured.
The figures are based on daily reports from the health authorities in each country and exclude ex post revisions by statistical agencies, such as Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom.
On Monday, 6,595 new deaths and 284,765 new cases were recorded worldwide. The countries that recorded the most new deaths in their latest reports are the United States with 1,297 new deaths, Brazil (639) and Spain (535).
The United States is the most affected country in terms of both deaths and cases, with 500,313 deaths for 28,190,622 cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University count.
After the United States, the countries most affected are Brazil with 247,143 deaths and 10,195,160 cases, Mexico with 180,536 deaths (2,043,632 cases), India with 156,463 deaths (11,016,434 cases), and the United Kingdom with 120,757 dead (4,126,150 cases).
Among the hardest hit countries, Belgium is the one that deplores the highest number of deaths in relation to its population, with 189 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by the Czech Republic (182), Slovenia (182), the Kingdom United (178) and Italy (159).
Europe totaled 833,084 deaths for 36,667,016 cases on Tuesday at 11:00 GMT, Latin America and the Caribbean 661,324 deaths (20,800,396 cases), the United States and Canada 522,012 deaths (29,038,265 cases), the Asia 252,667 deaths (15,949,216 cases), the Middle East 102,728 deaths (5,315,547 cases), Africa 101,675 deaths (3,838,878 cases), and Oceania 947 deaths (32,072 cases).
Since the start of the pandemic, the number of tests carried out has increased sharply and screening and tracing techniques have improved, leading to an increase in declared contaminations.
The number of cases diagnosed, however, reflects only a fraction of the actual total of contaminations, with a significant proportion of the less serious or asymptomatic cases still remaining undetected.
This assessment was carried out using data collected by AFP offices from the competent national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Due to corrections made by the authorities or late publication of data, the 24 hour increase figures may not correspond exactly to those published the day before.
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