Global toll rises to 7,27,288

US hits 5m COVID-19 cases

Agence France-Presse . Paris | Published: 00:09, Aug 10,2020


The novel coronavirus has killed at least 7,27,288 people since it emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Sunday.

At least 1,96,74,290 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 1,16,65,200 are now considered recovered.

On Saturday, 6,045 new deaths and 2,78,509 new cases were recorded worldwide.

Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were United States with 1,329 new deaths, followed by Brazil with 905, and India with 861.

The United States has registered over five million cases in the coronavirus pandemic, Johns Hopkins University’s real-time tally showed Sunday, as well as over 1,62,000 deaths as the country struggles to control the disease.

The US tally reached 50,00,603 cases on Sunday morning and 1,62,441 deaths — both totals by far the highest of any country in the world.

Polls have showed a large majority of voters unhappy with president Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis, ahead of the November election that could see him ousted from office.

‘The United States just passed 5 million reported infections of COVID-19,’ his Democrat opponent Joe Biden tweeted Sunday.

The coronavirus death toll in Brazil has topped 100,000 from three million cases of infection, crossing the grim milestone after president Jair Bolsonaro said he had a ‘clear conscience’ on his response to the outbreak.

With 100,477 fatalities and 3,012,412 cases, the South American country of 212 million people is the second hardest-hit by the global pandemic after the United States.

Mexico with 52,006 deaths from 4,75,902 cases, the United Kingdom with 46,566 deaths from 3,09,763 cases, and India with 43,379 deaths from 21,53,010 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Belgium with 85 fatalities per 1,00,000 inhabitants, followed by the United Kingdom on 69, Peru 63, Spain 61, and Italy 58.

Latin America and the Caribbean overall has 2,18,345 deaths from 55,05,076 cases, Europe 2,13,091 deaths from 33,40,067 infections, the United States and Canada 1,71,438 deaths from 51,17,286 cases, Asia 71,303 deaths from 34,12,962 cases, the Middle East 29,885 deaths from 12,39,138 cases, Africa 22,898 deaths from 10,36,731 cases, and Oceania 328 deaths from 23,031 cases.

French regions have increased the compulsory use of protective masks against the coronavirus in busy public spaces where social distancing is more difficult. Paris adopts the same measure from Monday.

Anyone walking along the Seine in the heart of the city, visiting the tourist hub of Montmartre or shopping in some of the busier streets will all have to wear a mask, facing a fine of 135 euros if they refuse, as the number of cases edges up around the country.

Several resort towns on the Belgian coast say they will bar day-trippers after fights broke out between police and youths told to leave a beach for refusing to respect coronavirus safety measures.

Knokke-Heist and Blankenberge, two popular towns on the Flemish northern coast near the border with the Netherlands, say they took the step to ‘guarantee public security.’

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