Global death toll rises to 19,34,693

Over 5 lakh under lockdown as Beijing outbreak spreads

Agence France-Presse . Paris | Published: 00:37, Jan 12,2021


The novel coronavirus has killed at least 19,34,693 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally from official sources at 11:00 GMT on Monday.

More than 9,01,96,880 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 5,55,92,800 are now considered recovered.

These figures are based on daily tolls provided by health authorities in each evaluations by statistical organisations, as has happened in Russia, Spain and Britain.

Over Sunday, 8,659 new deaths and 6,69,440 new cases were recorded worldwide.

Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were United States with 1,957, followed by United Kingdom with 563 and Mexico with 502.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 3,74,341 deaths from 2,24,09,480 cases. At least 62,98,082 people have been declared recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 2,03,100 deaths from 81,05,790 cases, India with 1,51,160 deaths from 1,04,66,595 cases, Mexico with 1,33,706 deaths from 15,34,039 cases, and the United Kingdom with 81,431 from 30,72,349 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared population is Belgium with 173 fatalities per 1,00,000 inhabitants, followed by Slovenia with 144, Bosnia-Herzegovina with 132, Italy 130, and Republic of North Macedonia 126.

Europe counts has 6,21,113 deaths from 2,89,65,425 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 5,30,753 deaths from 1,65,25,174 infections, and the United States and Canada 3,91,279 deaths from 2,30,68,650 cases.

Asia has reported 2,25,774 deaths from 1,43,31,382 cases, the Middle East 92,114 deaths from 42,21,010 cases, Africa 72,715 deaths from 30,53,896 cases, and Oceania 945 deaths from 31,350 cases.

More than half a million people were placed under lockdown in Beijing on Monday as the government imposed strict measures to stamp out a handful of COVID-19 cases.

China has largely brought the virus under control, but is tackling a number of local infections with lockdowns and mass testing.

Authorities are keen to stem any outbreak in the capital — home to over 20 million people — particularly ahead of a week-long national holiday next month.

All rural villages in Shunyi district on the outskirts of Beijing are locked down until a fresh round of mass testing has been completed, district official Zhi Xianwei said at a press briefing Monday.

The move means around 518,000 residents will not be permitted to leave their villages until they have undergone testing.

Officials also said locals would be under ‘closed management’, suggesting they will be barred from leaving their residential compounds.

The district, which has a total population of 1.2 million, is home to many rural migrant workers.

Zhi said officials would ‘knock on doors... all migrants will be classified and accounted for.’

Experts have not yet identified the source of the outbreak, but one asymptomatic case confirmed on Sunday was a driver for an online ride-hailing service, and the government has suspended all taxi-hailing services in the district.

Beijing reported one new case on Monday and has recorded 32 local transmissions of Covid-19 in total since December 19, mostly in Shunyi.

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