The novel coronavirus has killed at least 37,87,127 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 10:00 GMT on Saturday.
At least 17,51,91,840 cases of coronavirus have been registered. The vast majority have recovered, though some have continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.
The figures are based on daily reports provided by health authorities in each country. They exclude revisions made by other statistical organisations, which show that the number of deaths is much higher.
The World Health Organisation estimates that the pandemic’s overall toll could be two to three times higher than official records, due to the excess mortality that is directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19.
A large number of the less severe or asymptomatic cases also remain undetected, despite intensified testing in many countries.
On Friday, 11,196 new deaths and 4,21,800 new cases were recorded worldwide.
Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were India with 4,002 new deaths, followed by Brazil with 2,216 and Argentina with 687.
The United States is the worst-affected country with 5,99,180 deaths from 3,34,37,749 cases.
After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 4,84,235 deaths from 1,72,96,118 cases, India with 3,67,081 deaths from 2,93,59,155 cases, Mexico with 2,29,823 deaths from 24,48,820 cases, and Peru with 1,88,100 deaths from 19,98,056 cases.
The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Peru with 570 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Hungary with 310, Bosnia-Herzegovina with 289, Czech Republic with 282, and Republic of North Macedonia with 263.
Latin America and the Caribbean overall has 12,03,093 deaths from 3,47,55,943 cases, Europe 11,49,804 deaths from 5,35,28,953 infections, and the United States and Canada 6,25,061 deaths from 3,48,37,019 cases.
Asia has reported 5,28,232 deaths from 3,81,47,140 cases, the Middle East 1,45,773 deaths from 88,63,936 cases, Africa 1,34,060 deaths from 50,08,656 cases, and Oceania 1,104 deaths from 50,199 cases.
The UK government is considering delaying the lifting of England’s remaining Covid restrictions by up to four weeks, sources have told the BBC.
The final stage of lifting lockdown, originally planned to take place no earlier than 21 June, would see all legal limits on social contact removed.
It comes amid growing concern over rapidly increasing cases and the higher transmissibility of the Delta variant.
Downing Street sources emphasised that no final decision has been made yet.
Data is still being examined ahead of a final announcement scheduled for Monday, and a senior government source stressed the government was considering ‘options - plural’ for step four of England’s roadmap.
Pushing the date back would allow the vaccination programme to take greater effect, as the rollout moves through to younger age groups.
The Times and Sun newspapers first reported that ministers were considering the delay.
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