The worldwide number of deaths from the novel corona virus rose to 70,009 on Monday. This emerges from a balance sheet compiled by AFP around 1100 GMT from official sources.
Since the epidemic first hit China in December, more than 1,277,580 cases have been reported in 191 countries and areas. At least 243,300 of these cases are currently considered restored.
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 only test the most serious cases.
Italy, which had its first coronavirus death in late February, has 15,877 deaths, 128,948 infections and 21,815 people have been recovered.
Spain had 13,055 deaths and 135,032 infections, followed by the United States with 9,648 deaths and 337,646 cases – the highest in the world.
France reported 8,078 deaths and 92,839 infections, followed by the UK with 4,934 deaths and 47,806 cases.
China – with the exception of Hong Kong and Macau – has reported 3,331 deaths and 81,708 cases with 77,078 recoveries.
Europe has so far listed 676,462 cases and 50,215 deaths, the United States and Canada together have 353,159 cases with 9,955 deaths, Asia 119,955 cases and 4,239 deaths, the Middle East 78,563 cases and 3,933 deaths, Latin America and the Caribbean 33,362 cases with 1,178 deaths. Africa 9,263 cases with 444 deaths and Oceania 6,821 cases with 45 deaths.
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