A health worker sprays disinfectant outside a COVID-19 treatment center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on May 9, 2021. (Photo by phearum/Xinhua)

Coronavirus global death toll update

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 3,346,813 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1000 GMT on Friday. 

At least 161,081,960 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 Thursday, 13,797 new deaths and 752,620 new cases were recorded worldwide. 

Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were India with 4,000 new deaths, followed by Brazil with 2,383 and United States with 818. 

The United States is the worst-affected country with 584,487 deaths from 32,852,998 cases. 

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 430,417 deaths from 15,433,989 cases, India with 262,317 deaths from 24,046,809 cases, Mexico with 219,901 deaths from 2,375,115 cases, and the United Kingdom with 127,651 deaths from 4,444,631 cases. 

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Hungary with 300 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Czech Republic with 279, Bosnia-Herzegovina with 273, Republic of North Macedonia 248 and Montenegro 247. 

Europe overall has 1,104,114 deaths from 52,013,632 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 970,963 deaths from 30,465,279 infections, and the United States and Canada 609,293 deaths from 34,162,890 cases. 

Asia has reported 399,024 deaths from 31,531,540 cases, the Middle East 136,776 deaths from 8,193,022 cases, Africa 125,570 deaths from 4,669,916 cases, and Oceania 1,073 deaths from 45,683 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.