Global COVID-19 Death Toll Near 500,000 As Africa Records Highest Daily Infection

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According to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Saturday, the novel coronavirus has killed at least 494,337 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.

At least 9,823,840 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 4,882,900 are now considered recovered. The United States is the worst-hit country with 125,039 deaths from 2,467,837 cases. At least 670,809 people have been declared recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 55,961 deaths from 1,274,974 cases, Britain with 43,414 deaths from 309,360 cases, Italy with 34,708 deaths from 239,961 cases, and France with 29,778 deaths from 199,343 cases.

Also the African continent on Friday recorded 11,219 COVID-19 cases, the highest daily number ever since the index case was recorded in Egypt on February 14. The Mediterranean country also recorded the first COVID-19 death on the continent.

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reported 11,219 new cases on the continent on Friday with 216 new deaths, Today News Africa reports. This brought to 359,944 the total number of cases as of today; total deaths were 9,250 while recoveries were 166,684.

The pandemic has spread to 54 of the 55 countries in the African region, according to the African Union. Many countries are testing only symptomatic or the most serious cases.


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