More than 500,000 dead; 10.2 million COVID-19 cases worldwide

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jun 30 2020 05:59 AM

Palestinian health workers carry on a stretcher the dead body of a woman, who died after contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as they arrive to bury her in a cemetery in Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on June 29, 2020. Mussa Qawasma, Reuters

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 502,599 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Monday.

At least 10,208,540 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 5,094,900 are now considered recovered. 

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections. 

Many countries are testing only symptomatic or the most serious cases.

Since 1900 GMT on Monday, 2,969 new deaths and 144,004 new cases were recorded worldwide. The countries with the most new deaths were Brazil with 552 new deaths, followed by India with 380, and Mexico with 267.

The United States is the worst-hit country with 125,928 deaths from 2,564,163 cases. At least 685,164 people have been declared recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 57,622 deaths from 1,344,143 cases, United Kingdom with 43,575 deaths from 311,965 cases, Italy with 34,744 deaths from 240,436 cases, and France with 29,813 deaths from 200,667 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Belgium with 84 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by United Kingdom with 64, Spain 61, Italy 57, and Sweden 53.

China -- excluding Hong Kong and Macau -- has to date declared 83,512 cases (12 new since Sunday), including 4,634 deaths (0 new), and 78,460 recoveries.

Europe overall has 196,428 deaths from 2,660,794 cases, the United States and Canada 134,538 deaths from 2,667,981 infections, Latin America and the Caribbean 112,321 deaths from 2,491,030 cases, Asia 33,689 deaths from 1,251,153 cases, Middle East 15,819 deaths from 743,172 cases, Africa 9,671 deaths from 385,166 cases, and Oceania 133 deaths from 9,244 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. 
 
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