Coronavirus: More than 2.5 million dead worldwide

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The pandemic of the young coronavirus has caused at least 2,581,034 deaths worldwide after the World Health Organization office in China diagnosed the disease in late December 2019, according to an AFP report based on official sources.

More than 116,031,470 infections have been officially diagnosed since the beginning of the pandemic. The vast majority of patients get well, but some who have not yet been adequately evaluated continue to have symptoms for weeks or even months. The data are based on reports published daily by the health authorities of each country and preclude ex-post reviews by statistical bodies such as Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

As of yesterday, 10,685 new deaths and 450,657 new infections were recorded worldwide. The countries that recorded the most new deaths in their latest accounts are the United States with 2,530 new deaths, Brazil (1,800) and Mexico (712).

The United States is the country hardest hit by deaths and infections, with 522,879 deaths out of a total of 28,895,047 reported infections, according to the Johns Hopkins University count. After the USA, the most affected countries are Brazil with 262,770 dead and 10,869,227 infections, Mexico with 189,578 dead (2,119,305 infections), India with 157,656 dead (11,192,088 infections) and Britain with 124,261 dead. 4,207,304 infections). Among the countries hardest hit, the Czech Republic has the highest proportion of deaths in terms of population, with 201 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Belgium (192), Slovenia (187), Britain (183) and Montenegro (167).

To date, at 13:00 Greek time, Europe has accounted for 871,426 deaths out of a total of 38,427,275 infections, Latin America and the Caribbean 693,735 deaths (21,875,286 infections), the US and Canada 545,063 deaths (29,775,553 infections), the Asia 259,009 deaths (16,308,187 infections), the Middle East 105,582 deaths (5,662,330 infections), Africa 105,268 deaths (3,950,208 infections) and Oceania 951 deaths (32,637 infections).

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of diagnostic tests performed has increased significantly and tracking techniques have improved, resulting in an increase in recorded infections. The number of infections diagnosed, however, represents only a fraction of the total actual number of infections, with a significant proportion of less severe or asymptomatic cases still undetected.

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