People wearing masks walk past the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral in Paris, France, Feb. 3, 2021. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

Coronavirus global death toll update

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 2,539,505 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Tuesday.

At least 114,360,550 cases of coronavirus have been registered. The vast majority have recovered, though some have continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.

These figures are based on daily tolls provided by health authorities in each country and exclude later re-evaluations by statistical organisations, as has happened in Russia, Spain and Britain.

On Monday, 6,800 new deaths and 298,141 new cases were recorded worldwide. Based on the latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were the United States with 1,336 new deaths, followed by Brazil with 778 and Spain with 467.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 514,657 deaths from 28,664,448 cases.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 255,720 deaths from 10,587,001 cases, Mexico with 186,152 deaths from 2,089,281 cases, India with 157,248 deaths from 11,124,527 cases, and the United Kingdom with 122,953 deaths from 4,182,009 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is the Czech Republic with 193 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Belgium with 191, Slovenia at 185, the United Kingdom with 181 and Italy with 162.

Europe overall has 856,095 deaths from 37,753,889 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 680,305 deaths from 21,441,424 infections, and the United States and Canada 536,664 deaths from 29,532,563 cases.

Asia has reported 256,981 deaths from 16,170,542 cases, the Middle East 104,478 deaths from 5,524,684 cases, Africa 104,031 deaths from 3,904,996 cases, and Oceania 951 deaths from 32,453 cases.

Since the start of the pandemic, the number of tests conducted has greatly increased while testing and reporting techniques have improved, leading to a rise in reported cases.

However, the number of diagnosed cases is only a part of the real total number of infections as a significant number of less serious or asymptomatic cases always remain undetected.

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.