The novel coronavirus has killed at least 15,57,814 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 6,82,08,890 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 4,33,41,100 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, 12,364 new deaths and 6,57,185 new cases were recorded worldwide. Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were the United States with 2,496 new deaths, followed by Brazil with 842 and France with 831.
The United States is the worst-affected country with 2,86,338 deaths from 1,51,72,602 cases. At least 57,86,915 people have been declared recovered.
After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 1,78,159 deaths from 66,74,999 cases, India with 1,41,360 deaths from 97,35,850 cases, Mexico with 1,10,874 deaths from 11,93,255 cases, and the United Kingdom with 62,033 deaths from 17,50,241 cases.
Switzerland said Tuesday that its coronavirus situation was taking an exponential turn for the worse, having stabilised at a high level despite restrictions to counter the pandemic.
The government said it wanted to bring in new nationwide measures from Saturday, including a 7:00pm closing time for shops and restaurants — with total closure an option down the line if the situation does not improve rapidly.
‘The epidemiological situation in Switzerland is noticeably deteriorating,’ the government said in a statement.
‘The number of infections is high and rising again, and the occupancy of intensive care beds remains very high.’
‘On average, 100 infected people infect more than 100 other people. This increases the number of cases again exponentially.’
The government said it would meet on Friday to set standardised COVID-19 control measures across the country, to apply from Saturday until January 20, if the country’s cantons agree.
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