Global death toll rises to 14,33,378 

Germany hits million COVID-19 cases

Agence France-Presse . Paris | Published: 23:48, Nov 27,2020


The novel coronavirus has killed at least 14,33,378 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 11:00 GMT on Friday.

At least 6,09,70,250 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 3,88,33,400 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 Thursday, 10,859 new deaths and 5,61,042 new cases were recorded worldwide. Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were United States with 1,333 new deaths, followed by Italy with 822 and Brazil with 691.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 2,63,462 deaths from 1,28,85,299 cases. At least 4,871,203 people have been declared recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 1,71,460 deaths from 62,04,220 cases, India with 1,35,715 deaths from 93,09,787 cases, Mexico with 1,04,242 deaths from 10,78,594 cases, and the United Kingdom with 57,031 deaths from 15,74,562 cases.

Germany, once a beacon of hope in Europe’s coronavirus nightmare, logged its one millionth case on Friday, as questions emerged over just how much protection is offered by one of the leading vaccine candidates.

Like much of the continent, Germany is battling a resurgence of a pandemic that shows little sign of retreating before the release of several leading inoculations.

But the developers of one of the jabs, British pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, said Thursday that further research was needed after mixed results were produced in a late-stage trial.

The complication came as millions of Americans gathered for Thanksgiving in defiance of Covid-19 guidelines, despite the US registering a six-month high of more than 2,400 deaths.

Germany had largely contained the spread of the virus in the spring but has been hit hard by a second wave of infections. Its Robert Koch Institute for disease control recorded more than 22,000 new daily cases on Friday, pushing the country’s total beyond the one million mark.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care nationwide has soared from just over 360 in early October to more than 3,500 last week.

Europe’s biggest economy has shuttered restaurants, bars, sporting facilities and cultural venues, though schools and shops remain open.

But the rules will be temporarily eased over Christmas and New Year to accommodate the celebrations, allowing meetings of up to 10 adults from December 23 to New Year’s Day.

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