Disease killed 685,780 people and adds up to almost 18 million cases worldwide


The covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 685,780 worldwide since the virus was detected in China in December, reports the latest assessment by the France-Presse Agency (AFP) based on official data.

More than 17,896,220 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed in 196 countries and territories, of which at least 10,326,000 have already 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 only limited testing capacity.

On Saturday, 5,557 deaths and 263,110 new cases of the disease were recorded worldwide, with the countries that accounted for the most fatalities in their latest reports being Brazil, with 1,088 people, the United States (1,051) and India (853 ).

The United States is the country most affected in terms of both fatalities and infections, with 154,449 deaths and 4,620,502 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.

At least 1,461,885 people have been declared cured in the country.

After the United States, the countries most affected are Brazil, with 93,563 deaths and 2,707,877 cases, Mexico, with 47,472 deaths and 434,193 cases, the United Kingdom, with 46,193 deaths and 303,952 cases, and India with 37,364 deaths and 1,750,723 cases.

Among the countries hardest hit, Belgium has the highest number of deaths in relation to its population, with 85 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by the United Kingdom (68), Spain (61), Peru (59) and Italy (58).

China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) officially accounts for a total of 84,385 cases (48 new cases in the last 24 hours), including 4,634 deaths and 79,003 recoveries.

Europe totaled 210,487 deaths and 3,191,892 cases at 11:00 TMG (12:00 in Lisbon), while Latin America and the Caribbean recorded 200,212 deaths and 4,919,054 cases.

The United States and Canada accounted for 163,424 deaths and 4,737,084 cases, while in Asia there were 63,844 deaths and 2,917,571 cases.

The Middle East accounted for 27,643 deaths and 1,165,720 cases, Africa 19,930 deaths and 945,248 cases and Oceania 240 deaths and 19,656 cases.

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

In Portugal, 1,737 of the 51,310 people confirmed to be infected died, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.

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