The coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 20,599 people worldwide since it first hit China in December. This emerges from an AFP balance sheet on Wednesday around 1900 GMT that uses official figures.
Since the pandemic began, more than 447,030 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed in 182 countries and areas.
The numbers that use data collected by AFP offices from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO) are likely to reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.
Many countries are currently only testing cases where hospitalization is required.
Since the census on Tuesday at 1900 GMT, 2,341 new deaths and 43,010 new cases have been registered worldwide.
The countries with the most new deaths within 24 hours were Spain with 738, Italy with 683 and France with 231.
Italy, which had its first coronavirus death in late February, now has 7,503 deaths with 74,386 cases.
After Italy, Spain is most affected with 3,434 deaths in 47,610 cases, the Chinese mainland with 3,281 deaths (81,218 cases), Iran with 2,077 deaths (27,017 cases) and France with 1,331 deaths (25,233 cases).
Since Tuesday around 1900 GMT, Jamaica, Cameroon, Estonia and Niger have announced their first deaths related to the virus. Guinea-Bissau, Laos, Mali, Libya, Belize, Grenada and Dominica have announced their first cases.
As of Wednesday around 1900 GMT, there were 239,912 cases and 13,824 deaths in Europe, 99,927 cases with 3,596 deaths in Asia, 62,194 cases with 854 deaths in the USA and Canada, 32,182 cases and 2,123 deaths in the Middle East, and 7,529 cases in Latin America and the Caribbean with 124 deaths, Oceania 2,656 cases and nine deaths and Africa 2,631 cases and 69 deaths.
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