Global COVID-19 cases hit 177,353,000 with 386,604 new infections


The novel coronavirus has killed at least 3,844,390 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1000 GMT on Friday. 

At least 177,353,000 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 Organization 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 Thursday, 9,750 new deaths and 386,604 new cases were recorded worldwide. 

Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were Brazil with 2,311 new deaths, followed by India with 1,587 and Colombia with 596.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 600,934 deaths from 33,508,906 cases. 

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 496,004 deaths from 17,702,630 cases, India with 383,490 deaths from 29,762,793 cases, Mexico with 230,792 deaths from 2,467,643 cases, and Peru with 189,757 deaths from 2,019,716 cases. 

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Peru with 576 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Hungary with 310, Bosnia-Herzegovina with 293, the Czech Republic with 283, and the Republic of North Macedonia with 263. 

Latin America and the Caribbean overall has 1,227,352 deaths from 35,638,660 cases, Europe 1,155,684 deaths from 53,804,384 infections, and the United States and Canada 626,944 deaths from 34,914,790 cases.

Asia has reported 549,890 deaths from 38,816,470 cases, the Middle East 147,154 deaths from 8,993,995 cases, Africa 136,256 deaths from 5,133,679 cases, and Oceania 1,110 deaths from 51,024 cases. 

As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.