Coronavirus global toll rises to 9,29,391

Agence France-Presse . Paris | Published: 01:06, Sep 16,2020


The novel coronavirus has killed at least 9,29,391 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Tuesday.

At least 2,93,29,390 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 1,95,36,900 are now considered recovered.

On Monday, 4,433 new deaths and 2,69,352 new cases were recorded worldwide. Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were India  with 1,054 new deaths, followed by United States with 410 and Brazil with 381.

The United States is the worst-hit country with 1,94,545 deaths from 65,55,243 cases. At least 24,74,570 people have been declared recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 1,32,006 deaths from 43,45,610 cases, India with 80,776 deaths from 49,30,236 cases, Mexico with 71,049 deaths from 6,71,716 cases, and United Kingdom with 41,637 deaths from 3,71,125 cases.

Latin America and the Caribbean overall has recorded 3,12,071 deaths from 83,30,243 cases, Europe 2,22,016 deaths from 45,60,434 infections, with the United States and Canada 2,03,756 deaths from 66,92,491 cases.

In Asia, there have been 1,17,436 deaths from 66,48,236 cases, in the Middle East 40,443 deaths from 17,05,035 cases, and in Africa 32,793 deaths from 13,62,280 cases. In Oceania there have been 876 deaths from 30,671 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.

Meanwhile, a China-developed vaccine could be ready for the public as early as November, the chief biosafety expert at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control tells state broadcaster CCTV.

Australia records zero new virus deaths for the first time in two months, as a slowdown in new cases allows a crippling lockdown in its second-biggest city Melbourne to be eased.

Britain’s unemployment rate jumped to 4.1 per cent in July on economic fallout from the pandemic, up from 3.9 per cent in the previous quarter, the Office for National Statistics says.

China has locked down one city of more than 2,10,000 people and will launch a mass testing programme there, officials say, after three cases were found in Ruili in western Yunnan province, a major land border crossing point with neighbouring Myanmar.

Hospital bosses in England warn that healthcare services are being jeopardised by lack of access to testing.

NHS Providers, which represents the heads of hospital trusts in the state-run National Health Service, says there are ‘current capacity problems with the testing regime’.

Opposition parties in Myanmar are calling for November’s election to be postponed as the country scrambles to control a virus surge with new infections doubling every week and hospitals in the biggest city, Yangon, overwhelmed.

Swedish clothing giant Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) bounces back into profit last quarter despite many of its stores remaining closed due to restrictions, sending its share price surging.

Tour de France organisers are in exultant mood when announcing that all of their cyclists have tested negative for Covid-19 in the final round of tests, with six days left in the world famous cycling race, scheduled to end on Sunday with its parade up the Champs Elysees in Paris.

The news marks a success with organiser ASO who will claim the race has provided a blueprint in how to stage a major sports event in the middle of a pandemic.

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