Global coronavirus toll rises to 18,43,631

Agence France-Presse . Paris | Published: 01:18, Jan 05,2021


The novel coronavirus has killed at least 18,43,631 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 11:00 GMT on Monday.

At least 8,50,51,970 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 5,43,13,600 are now considered recovered.

On Sunday, 8,007 new deaths and 5,79,556 new cases were recorded worldwide. Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were United States with 1,532 new deaths, followed by Russia with 482 and United Kingdom with 454.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 3,51,590 deaths from 2,06,39,854 cases. At least 62,98,082 people have been declared recovered. After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 1,96,018 deaths from 77,33,746 cases, India with 1,49,649 deaths from 1,03,40,469 cases, Mexico with 1,27,213 deaths from 14,48,755 cases, and Italy with 75,332 deaths from 21,55,446 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Belgium with 170 fatalities per 1,00,000 inhabitants, followed by Slovenia with 135, Bosnia-Herzegovina with 126, Italy 125, and Republic of North Macedonia 121.

Europe overall has 5,84,364 deaths from 2,71,39,667 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 5,11,894 deaths from 1,57,45,107 infections, and the United States and Canada 3,67,450 deaths from 2,12,41,168 cases. Asia has reported 2,21,176 deaths from 1,40,19,838 cases, the Middle East 90,551 deaths from 40,42,678 cases, Africa 67,251 deaths from 28,32,338 cases, and Oceania 945 deaths from 31,181 cases.

An 82-year-old man from Oxford in Britain becomes the first person in the world to receive AstraZeneca and Oxford University’s new COVID jab outside a clinical trial.

The shot is more than six times cheaper than the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and can be stored in normal fridges.

The French government faces growing pressure to accelerate its vaccination drive, with president Emmanuel Macron reportedly furious over the slow pace of progress.

Just a few hundred people have received the jab so far in the country.

Thousands of people line up in Beijing to receive a vaccine as China races to inoculate millions before the Chinese New Year mass travel season in February.

More than 73,000 people in the capital have received the first dose of the vaccine over the last couple of days, state media reports, including community workers and bus drivers.

US officials reject US president Donald Trump’s claim that the national COVID-19 death toll of more than 3,50,000 has been exaggerated, but defend the stumbling campaign to vaccinate millions of Americans.

In response to the president’s claim that the number of cases and deaths was ‘far exaggerated’, top US scientist Anthony Fauci says ‘those are real numbers, real people and real deaths.’

Prime minister Yoshihide Suga says he is considering declaring a state of emergency in the greater Tokyo area over a ‘very severe’ third wave of cases in the country.

Speaking at his New Year press conference, Suga also says he hopes vaccinations will begin in Japan in late February.

Singapore’s economy takes its worst ever annual hit in 2020 as the pandemic hammers the city-state’s vital trade and tourism sectors, official data shows.

The 5.8 per cent decline is not as bad as feared, but the financial hub was plunged into its first recession since the 2008 global financial crisis in the second quarter when the government closed most workplaces.

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