Covid-19: Pandemic has killed more than 680 people worldwide

The United States is the country most affected in terms of both fatalities and infections, with 153 314 deaths and 4,5 million cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University count.

The Covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 680 thousand and 14 people worldwide and infected 17,6 million since December, according to the latest balance made by the Agency France-Presse (AFP) based on official data.

Of the total number of infection cases officially diagnosed in 196 countries and territories since the end of last year, at least 10,1 million have been considered cured.

The number of diagnosed cases, however, reflects only a fraction of the actual number of infections, as some countries test only serious cases, others test for screening and many poorer countries have limited testing capacity.

As of Friday, there were 6 469 new deaths and 286 453 new cases of Covid-19 worldwide.

The countries that recorded the most deaths in their latest balance sheet reports were the United States, with 1.442 new deaths, Brazil (1.212) and India (764).

The United States is the country most affected in terms of both fatalities and infections, with 153 314 deaths and 4,5 million cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University count.

At least 1,4 million people have been declared cured in the country.

After the United States, the countries most affected are Brazil, with 92 thousand 475 deaths and 2,6 million cases, Mexico, with 46 thousand 688 deaths and 424 thousand 637 cases, the United Kingdom, with 46 thousand 119 deaths and 303 thousand 181 cases, and India with 36 thousand 511 dead and 1,6 million cases.

Among the countries most affected, Belgium has the highest number of deaths in relation to its population, with 85 deaths per 100 thousand inhabitants, followed by the United Kingdom (68), Spain (61), Peru (58) ) and Italy (58).

China (excluding the territories of Hong Kong and Macau) has officially registered a total of 84 337 cases (45 new in the last 24 hours), including 4 deaths and 634 78 recoveries.

Europe had 210 deaths and 200 million cases at 3,1 am GMT (11 pm in Lisbon), while Latin America and the Caribbean recorded 12 197 deaths and 544 million cases.

The United States and Canada accounted for 162 thousand 278 deaths and 4,6 million cases, while in Asia there were 62 thousand 779 deaths and 2,8 million cases.

The Middle East accounted for 27 thousand 321 deaths and 1,1 million cases, Africa had 19 thousand 660 deaths and 929 thousand 326 cases and Oceania 232 deaths and 18 thousand 995 cases.

This assessment was carried out using data collected by AFP from national health authorities and with information from the World Health Organization.

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