Global toll tops 3,75,000, cases hit 6.2m

Agence France-Presse . Paris | Published: 13:43, Jun 02,2020 | Updated: 00:43, Jun 03,2020


Medics take a patient in severe respiratory distress to an ambulance from a group home next to Maimonides Medical Center on May 11, 2020 in the Borough Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. — AFP file photo

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 375,555 people since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Tuesday.

At least 6,279,390 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 2,648,000 are now considered recovered.

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

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

The United States is the worst-hit country with 105,147 deaths from 1,811,277 cases. At least 458,231 people have been declared recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Britain with 39,045 deaths from 276,332 cases, Italy with 33,475 deaths from 233,197 cases,

Brazil with 29,937 deaths and 526,447 cases and France with 28,833 deaths and 189,220 cases.

China — excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to date declared 4,634 deaths and 83,022 infections. It has 78,315 recovered cases.

Europe overall has 179,309 deaths from 2,177,390 cases, the United States and Canada have 112,533 deaths from 1,902,982 infections, Latin America and the Caribbean 52,751 deaths from 1,052,876 cases, Asia 16,870 deaths from 571,393 cases, the Middle East 9,628 deaths from 413,951 cases, Africa 4,333 deaths from 152,208 cases, and Oceania 131 deaths from 8,591 cases.

Suspected and confirmed cases of deaths from the coronavirus outbreak in Britain have risen to 48,000, according to official data published Tuesday.

The Office for National Statistics figures tallied all fatalities in which COVID-19 was suspected or mentioned on death certificates up to May 22.

Its figure is significantly higher than the government’s latest daily figure of 39,045, which only includes deaths after confirmation of a positive test.

The United States on Monday recorded 743 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, bringing its total to 105,099 since the global pandemic began.

The country has officially logged 1,809,109 cases of COVID-19, the tracker set up by the Baltimore-based university showed at 8:30pm (00:30 GMT Tuesday).

The death toll and number of cases in the United States are by far the worst in the world.

Mexico’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 deaths passed 10,000 on Monday, the health secretary said, following an increase of 237 on the previous day.

News of the updated toll — now 10,167 — came as Mexico announced it was gradually reopening its economy by reactivating its automotive, mining and construction sectors.

Mexico is second only to Brazil in Latin America for COVID-19 deaths, although the South American giant has had close to three times as many.

Coronavirus deaths in Russia passed the 5,000 mark on Tuesday as authorities eased lockdown measures and prepared to announce steps to kickstart the economy.

Health officials registered 182 new fatalities in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 5,037.

The government tally also reported 8,863 new infections for a total of 423,741, the third-highest number after the United States and Brazil.

Spain has recorded no coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours for the first time since the beginning of March, a senior health ministry spokesman said Monday.

‘Today we have received no deaths with the date of death from yesterday,’ Fernando Simon, head of the Coordination Centre for Health Alerts and Emergencies told journalists. The number of new cases had also fallen, he added.

Spain has recorded new deaths every day since March 3, though the first death there from the virus in fact dates back to February 13.

Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan announced Monday his government would end several months of coronavirus restrictions, even as it emerged cases of the disease are likely many times higher than previously thought.

In a televised address, Khan said impoverished Pakistan cannot afford to keep businesses closed and said almost all sectors — including domestic tourism — would re-open.

His announcement came shortly after an alarming government report was leaked to the media that showed cases of novel coronavirus in the eastern city of Lahore are estimated to be at about 670,800.

Pupils wearing face masks returned to school in Singapore on Tuesday and some workplaces re-opened as coronavirus restrictions were eased in the hard-hit city-state.

Singapore initially kept infections low through a strict regime of testing and contact-tracing, only for major outbreaks to emerge from crowded dormitories housing low-paid foreign workers.

The country has recorded over 35,000 cases — the highest official tally in Southeast Asia — with the vast majority among workers from the dorms. The death toll stands at 24. 

The Czech government on Monday decided to allow Czechs to travel to most European countries without submitting a negative COVID-19 test upon return.

‘We can start travelling around Europe from June 15,’ Health Minister Adam Vojtech tweeted as the EU member’s coronavirus toll reached 9,286 confirmed cases including 321 deaths.

The government, which already began easing its anti-virus measures in April, uses three colours to distinguish between European countries depending on their safety level regarding the coronavirus.

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