Global virus death toll rises to 343,211

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 343,211 people since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Sunday.

At least 5,362,160 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 2,079,300 are now considered recovered.

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.

Many countries are testing only symptomatic cases or the most serious ones.

Since 1900 GMT on Saturday, 3,441 new deaths and 99,827 new cases have been recorded worldwide.

The countries that registered the most deaths were Brazil with 965 followed by the United States with 951 and Mexico with 190.

The US, which registered its first case of the virus in early February, is the worst-hit country, with 97,430 deaths and 1,633,076 cases. At least 361,239 are now considered recovered.


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