Global toll rises to 29,29,563

Agence France-Presse . Paris | Published: 00:22, Apr 12,2021


The novel coronavirus has killed at least 29,29,563 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1000 GMT on Sunday.

At least 13,53,60,240 cases of coronavirus have been registered. The vast majority have recovered, though some have continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.

On Saturday, 12,860 new deaths and 7,03,283 new cases were recorded worldwide.

Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were Brazil with  2,616 new deaths, followed by Mexico with 2,192 and India with 839.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 5,61,783 deaths from 3,11,51,493 cases.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 3,51,334 deaths from 1,34,45,006 cases, Mexico with 2,09,212 deaths from 22,78,420 cases, India with 1,69,275 deaths from 1,33,58,805 cases, and the United Kingdom with 1,27,080 deaths from 43,68,045 cases.

Europe overall has 9,95,904 deaths from 4,62,39,235 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 8,29,491 deaths from 2,61,55,031 infections, and the United States and Canada 5,85,064 deaths from 3,22,02,350 cases.

Asia has reported 2,84,283 deaths from 1,94,40,404 cases, the Middle East 1,18,368 deaths from 69,40,672 cases, Africa 1,15,448 deaths from 43,42,503 cases, and Oceania 1,005 deaths from 40,053 cases.

Non-essential businesses such as hairdressers, beer gardens and gyms will reopen in England on Monday for the first time since January.

The United Kingdom, the European country with the most COVID deaths, has seen its situation greatly improve due to a successful vaccination campaign.

France, which had a slow start to its inoculation rollout, will make vaccinations with the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson jabs available to all citizens over the age of 55 on Monday.

Antoine Flahault, an epidemiologist from the University of Geneva, warned that vaccinations alone are not enough to beat back France’s stubbornly high infections numbers.

‘Stopping adult activities is important, but another major breeding ground is schools,’ he said, calling for schools to stay closed after April 26, their current date to reopen.

Up to 80 per cent of people in Italy’s Sicily who have been offered the AstraZeneca vaccine refuse it out of fears over its safety, regional president Nello Musumeci says.

Public confidence in the Anglo-Swedish jab has been badly shaken by reports linking it to rare, but potentially fatal, blood clots, and by conflicting recommendations over its use.

China is considering mixing different COVID-19 vaccines to improve the relatively low efficacy of its existing options, says the head of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Gao Fu.

The comments mark the first time a top Chinese expert has publicly alluded to the relatively low efficacy of the country’s vaccines, as China forges ahead in its mass vaccination campaign and exports its jabs around the world.

Libya officially launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign this weekend, starting with prime minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah.

The north African country has so far received 2,00,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, alongside over 57,600 AstraZeneca shots, the latter delivered through the Covax programme.

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