Italy tops toll, over 1,000 die in a day

Italy tops toll, over 1,000 die in a day
Don Marcello Crotti (left) blesses the coffins with Don Mario Carminati in the San Giuseppe church in Seriate, Italy on Saturday

US registers highest no. of infected people with 104,837 diagnosed cases

Paris: The number of deaths around the world from the novel coronavirus stood at 27,989 on Saturday, according to a tally compiled from official sources.

More than 605,220 declared cases have been registered in 183 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 129,100 are now considered recovered. The tallies, using data collected by AFP offices from national authorities and information from the World Health Organisation (WHO), likely reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections. Many countries are now only testing cases that require hospitalisation.

Italy, which recorded its first coronavirus death in February, has to date declared 9,134 fatalities, with 86,498 infections and 10,950 people recovered. Like Italy, Spain also has more fatalities than China with 5,690, as well as having 72,248 infections.

China -- excluding Hong Kong and Macau -- has to date declared 3,295 deaths and 81,394 cases, with 74,971 recoveries. The country declared 54 new cases between Friday Saturday and three new fatalities. The other worst-hit countries are Iran with 2,517 fatalities and 35,408 cases, and France with 1,995 deaths and 32,964 cases.

The United States has the highest number of infected people with 104,837 diagnosed cases and 1,711 deaths. Cases there have soared from 41,511 on Monday, making it the country with the fastest progression rate. Since 1900 GMT Friday, Jordan, Brunei and Togo have announced their first deaths.

By continent, Europe has listed 329,501 cases and 19,566 deaths to date, Asia 103,478 cases and 3,715 deaths, the Middle East 43,016 cases and 2,590 deaths, the US and Canada together 109,459 cases with 1,764 deaths, Latin America and the Caribbean 11,739 cases with 232 deaths, Africa 3,897 cases with 117 deaths and Oceania 4,139 cases with 15 deaths.

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