Coronavirus global death toll rises to 13,73,381

Agence France-Presse . Paris | Published: 00:08, Nov 22,2020


The coronavirus has killed at least 13,73,381 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 11:00 GMT Saturday.

At least 57,583,290 cases of coronavirus have been registered, of which at least 36,725,500 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 or the most serious cases.

On Friday, 11,847 new deaths and 657,054 new cases were recorded worldwide. Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were United States with 1,878 new deaths, followed by France with 1,138 and Mexico with 719.

But France’s figures include 757 deaths recorded in care homes between Tuesday and Friday.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 254,424 deaths from 11,913,945 cases. At least 4,457,930 people have been declared recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil  with 168,613 deaths from 6,020,164 cases, and India with 132,726 deaths from 9,050,597 cases. Mexico follows with 100,823 deaths from 1,025,969 cases, and the United Kingdom with 54,286 deaths from 1,473,508 cases.

Russia on Saturday registered record numbers for daily infections and deaths from the coronavirus, two days after having passed two million cases.

Health officials reported 24,822 new infections and 476 deaths, bringing the national total to 2,064,748 million cases and 35,778 fatalities since the beginning of the year.

While those figures suggest a lower death rate than elsewhere in the world, they need to be treated with caution. The official Russian death toll only includes those in which COVID-19 has been established as the primary cause of death after an autopsy.

Turkey on Friday reported 141 new deaths from the coronavirus, the highest single toll since its first recorded death in March.

The previous record was set on April 19, when Turkey, a nation of 83 million, reported 127 deaths.

Ankara has now attributed 12,084 deaths to the virus, although its infection levels are unclear because officials now only report the number of people displaying COVID-19 symptoms, and not all those who test positive for the virus.

Canada’s largest city Toronto and much of its suburbs will be placed under lockdown beginning Monday due to the spread of COVID-19, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced.

‘I’ve been clear on this: the situation is extremely serious and further action is required,’ Ford told journalists on Friday.

‘Effective Monday, November 23 at 12:01 am, Toronto and Peel will be moved into lockdown.’

The lockdown, whose restrictions include a ban on indoor private gatherings, will last at least 28 days and violators can be fined CAN$750 ($570).

Portugal on Friday extended until December 8 the state of emergency it imposed to bring down the coronavirus infection rate as the second wave of the disease spreads.

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa announced he had signed the decree extending the emergency measures which had been due to lapse on Monday, warning that a further extension remains a possibility.

Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Saturday warned Poles against any travel over the Christmas period, as he announced that most coronavirus restrictions would be extended but shops would re-open.

After months of turmoil and over 42,000 deaths, Spain appeared to see light at the end of the tunnel Friday, announcing ambitious plans to vaccinate much of the population by mid-2021.

‘Our forecasts, under almost any reasonable scenario, show that a very substantial part of the Spanish population will be able to be vaccinated, with all guarantees, within the first half of the year,’ said prime minister Pedro Sanchez.

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