Global death toll from coronavirus tops 80,000

Agence France-Presse . Paris | Published: 11:52, Apr 08,2020


People wait next to coffins and cardboard boxes to bury their loved ones outside a cemetery in Guayaquyil, Ecuador, on April 6.— AFP photo

The worldwide number of fatalities from the novel coronavirus rose to 80,142 on late Tuesday, according to a tally compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT from official sources.

More than 1,397,180 declared cases have been registered in 192 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 257,100 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP offices 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 only testing the most serious cases.

Since 1900 GMT Monday, 6,959 new deaths and 86,374 new cases were recorded worldwide.

The United States had the most new deaths over 24 hours, with 1,632, followed by France with 1,417 — a number that included new figures for deaths in old peoples’ homes — and Britain with 786.

Italy, which recorded its first death in late February, has had the most fatalities with 17,127, as well as 135,586 infections and 24,392 recoveries.

Spain has recorded 13,798 fatalities and 140,510 infections.

The death toll in the US stands at 12,021 with 383,256 infections — the highest number of cases in the world.

France has reported 10,328 deaths and 109,069 infections, followed by Britain with 6,159 deaths and 55,242 cases.

China — excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to date declared 3,331 deaths and 81,740 cases, with 77,167 recoveries. No new deaths were announced on Tuesday in China for the first time since January.

Since Monday, Benin, Madagascar and Malawi have announced their first coronavirus-linked deaths. Sao Tome and Principe announced its first confirmed infection.

Europe has listed 735,781 cases and 57,351 deaths to date, the US and Canada together have 401,067 cases with 12,419 deaths, Asia 123,742 cases and 4,332 deaths, the Middle East 83,033 cases and 4,091 deaths, Latin America and the Caribbean 36,317 cases with 1,373 deaths, Africa 10,247 cases with 522 deaths and Oceania 6,997 cases with 54 deaths.




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