Global toll rises to 20,92,736

Agence France-Presse . Paris | Published: 23:48, Jan 22,2021


The novel coronavirus has killed at least 20,92,736 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Friday.

At least 9,74,57,370 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 5,92,36,900 are now considered recovered.

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

On Thursday, 17,953 new deaths and 6,62,119 new cases were recorded worldwide.

Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were United States with 4,045 new deaths, followed by Britain with 2,539 and Mexico with 1,803.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 4,10,378 deaths from 2,46,32,468 cases.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 2,14,147 deaths from 86,97,368 cases, India with 1,53,032 deaths from 1,06,25,428 cases, Mexico with 1,46,174 deaths from 17,11,283 cases, and Britain with 95,829 deaths from 35,43,646 cases.

Europe overall has 6,87,031 deaths from 3,15,29,013 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 5,64,379 deaths from 1,78,40,992 infections, and the United States and Canada 4,28,956 deaths from 2,53,62,418 cases.

Asia has reported 2,33,763 deaths from 1,48,17,804 cases, the Middle East 94,852 deaths from 45,09,626 cases, Africa 82,810 deaths from 33,65,924 cases, and Oceania 945 deaths from 31,600 cases.

Germany has recorded more than 50,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic as it extends a partial lockdown until February 14.

Beijing launches a drive to test two million people in 48 hours as the city rushes to snuff out a new local cluster possibly linked to a more contagious variant.

Some 1,700 police are ready to enforce Hong Kong’s first lockdown covering up to 9,000 people as authorities battle an outbreak in one of the city’s poorest and most densely packed districts.

Japan’s cabinet approves bills to toughen restrictions considering hitting rule-breakers with fines and prison sentences for the first time since the outbreak began.

After a virtual summit, EU leaders ‘strongly discourage’ Europeans from non-essential travel and warn possible tougher restrictions on trips could come within days.

Originally set for an April 2020 release, a much-delayed James Bond movie ‘No Time To Die’ is again postponed, with MGM saying the latest 007 will now come out in October 2021.

Biden announces travellers to the US will be required to quarantine on arrival while masks will be mandated on many domestic trains, planes and buses.

Hungary reaches a deal to buy large quantities of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, even though it has not been approved by the European Union’s medicines watchdog.

Brazil expects a shipment of two million British AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine doses to arrive in the country from India after a week-long delay that president Jair Bolsonaro blamed on ‘political pressures’.

Denmark, which requires negative tests for arrivals from abroad, suspends flights from the United Arab Emirates for five days to make sure screenings for travellers leaving Dubai have not been bought or botched.

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