The novel coronavirus has killed at least 14,82,240 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 11:00 GMT on Wednesday.
At least 6,38,65,770 cases have been registered. Of these, at least 4,06,95,700 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 Tuesday, 13,186 new deaths and 6,25,301 new cases were recorded worldwide. Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were the United States with 2,562 new deaths, followed by Mexico with 825 and Italy with 785.
The United States is the worst-affected country with 2,70,691 deaths from 1,37,26,306 cases. At least 52,26,581 people have been declared recovered.
After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 1,73,817 deaths from 63,86,787 cases, India with 1,38,122 deaths from 94,99,413 cases, Mexico with 1,06,765 deaths from 11,22,362 cases, and the United Kingdom with 59,051 deaths from 16,43,086 cases.
The United States, the country hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and in the throes of a surge in cases, on Tuesday registered more than 2,500 deaths in a 24-hour period, the highest total since late April, Johns Hopkins University said.
More than 180,000 new infections were recorded, according to real-time data provided by the Baltimore-based university at 8:30 pm (01:30 GMT Wednesday).
The last time the daily death toll was higher than Tuesday’s total of 2,562 was in late April, at the height of the pandemic’s first wave.
The number of hospitalizations in the United states hit 99,000 on Tuesday, a new record, according to the COVID Tracking Project. The situation is particularly dire in several Midwestern states, including Indiana and South Dakota.
Experts fear a new surge in the number of infections now that several days have passed since the Thanksgiving holiday, which saw millions of Americans travel to see loved ones despite recommendations to skip festive gatherings.
Queen Elizabeth II, who has spent much of the coronavirus outbreak in self-isolation because of her age, will forego her traditional family Christmas, the royal household said on Tuesday.
The 94-year-old monarch and her husband Prince Philip normally spend the festive season at her Sandringham estate in eastern England with other members of the family.
England on Wednesday exited a month-long lockdown but most of the country remained under restrictions as a new regional system for cutting coronavirus infection rates kicked in.
The four-week lockdown, which began in November, was imposed to stop surging rates of infection, ease pressure on health services, and to allow families to gather for Christmas.
But a tough three-tier system of restrictions will now be in place that has been criticised as doing little to reinstate cherished freedoms and help the virus-battered economy.
France aims to launch a major COVID-19 vaccination campaign between April and June next year, president Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday.
Early 2021 will see a first vaccination drive targeted at the most fragile and exposed groups, followed by a second campaign for the rest of the population, Macron told a press briefing at the Elysée Palace in Paris.
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