Covid-19 has killed at least 1,979,596 people worldwide since the pandemic began in December 2019, according to a survey conducted today by AFP news agency from official sources.
More than 92,321,290 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed since the epidemic began, with at least 56,637,400 people already considered cured.
The figures are based on the surveys reported daily by the health authorities of each country and do not take into account the revisions made later by statistical bodies, such as in Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom.
On Wednesday, 16,024 new deaths and 725,790 new cases were recorded worldwide.
The countries that recorded the highest number of new deaths in their most recent surveys are the United States with 3,912 new deaths, the United Kingdom (1,564) and Brazil (1,274).
The United States is the country most affected in terms of deaths and cases, with 384,784 deaths for 23,077,435 cases, according to a survey by Johns Hopkins University.
After the United States, the countries most affected are Brazil with 205,964 deaths and 8,256,536 cases, India with 151,727 deaths (10,512,093 cases), Mexico with 136,917 deaths (1,571,901 cases) and the United Kingdom with 84,767 deaths (3,211,576 cases).
Among the countries hardest hit, Belgium has the highest number of deaths in relation to its population, with 175 deaths per 100 thousand inhabitants, followed by Slovenia (148), Bosnia (134), Italy (133), Czech Republic (129).
Europe today totaled 640,448 deaths at 29,760,037 cases at 11:00, Latin America and the Caribbean 539,287 deaths (16,855,590 cases), the United States and Canada 402,130 deaths (23,757,122 cases), Asia 228,110 deaths (14,458,196 cases), the Middle East 92,975 deaths (4,312,152 cases), Africa 75,701 deaths (3,146,765 cases) and Oceania 945 deaths (31,434 cases).
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the number of tests performed has increased dramatically and screening and screening techniques have improved, leading to an increase in the number of reported infections.
The number of diagnosed cases, however, reflects only a fraction of the actual total of the contagions, with a significant proportion of the less severe or asymptomatic cases not yet detected.
This assessment was carried out on the basis of data collected by AFP offices from the competent national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO).
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