The new coronavirus pandemic has caused at least 3,487,457 deaths in the world since the office of the World Health Organization in China reported the appearance of the disease in December 2019, according to a balance established by AFP at 10H00 GMT from official sources.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, more than 167,754,610 people have contracted the disease. The vast majority of patients recover, but a still poorly evaluated part maintains symptoms for weeks or even months.
The figures are based on the reports communicated daily by the health authorities of each country and exclude the corrections made later by the different statistical agencies that conclude that the number of deaths is much more important.
The World Health Organization even estimates that if the overmortality linked to COVID-19 is taken into account, directly and indirectly, the balance of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that officially registered.
A significant part of less severe or asymptomatic cases remains undetected despite the intensification of testing in many countries.
The countries that registered the most deaths according to the latest official balances are India with 4,157, Brazil (2,173) and the United States (644).
The number of deaths in the United States amounts to 590,941 with 33,166,511 infections. After the United States, the countries with the most fatalities are Brazil, with 452,031 deaths and 16,194,209 cases, India, with 311,388 deaths (27,157,795 cases), Mexico, with 221,960 deaths (2,399,790 cases), and the United Kingdom , with 127,739 deaths (4,467,310 cases).
Among the hardest hit countries, Hungary has the highest mortality rate, with 306 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by the Czech Republic (281), Bosnia (279), North Macedonia (256) and Bulgaria (252).
On Wednesday at 10:00 GMT and since the beginning of the epidemic, Europe added 1,126,789 deaths (52,579,556 infections), Latin America and the Caribbean 1,015,601 (32,150,596), the United States and Canada 616,243 (34,530,266 ), Asia 457,739 (35,190,406), Middle East 141,069 (8,476,600), Africa 128,920 (4,779,337), and Oceania 1,096 (47,857).
This balance was carried out using data from national authorities collected by AFP offices and with information from the World Health Organization (WHO).