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Official figures show more than 1 million coronavirus deaths in Europe

AFP tally of continent’s 52 countries and territories shows 1,000,288 dead, with 60 percent in just six countries; toll highest for any region in the world

People paint red hearts marking the completion of the approximately 150,000 hearts being painted onto the National Covid Memorial Wall to commemorate all those who have died of coronavirus, on the Thames Embankment opposite the Houses of Parliament in London, April 8, 2021. (Frank Augstein/AP)
People paint red hearts marking the completion of the approximately 150,000 hearts being painted onto the National Covid Memorial Wall to commemorate all those who have died of coronavirus, on the Thames Embankment opposite the Houses of Parliament in London, April 8, 2021. (Frank Augstein/AP)

PARIS, France — Health authorities across Europe have recorded more than a million coronavirus deaths as of 1830 GMT on Monday, according to a tally compiled by AFP from official sources.

In the region’s 52 countries and territories, stretching as far east as Azerbaijan and Russia, the death toll stands at least 1,000,288 dead, the highest of any global region.

According to the latest figures available, nearly 60 percent of the deaths in Europe happened in just six countries: the United Kingdom, with 127,100 deaths; Italy, with 114,612; Russia, with 103,263; France, with 99,163; Germany, with 78,452; and Spain with 76,525.

But the United Kingdom’s infection rate is falling as its massive vaccination campaign leads the way in Europe, with around 60 percent of the adult population having already received a first dose of a vaccine.

France, Italy and Russia meanwhile are facing a third wave of coronavirus infections and are vaccinating their populations at a slower pace.

The figures are based on daily tolls provided by health authorities in each country and exclude later re-evaluations by statistical organizations, as has happened in Russia, Spain and Britain.

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