Medical staff move bodies from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center to a refrigerated truck on April 2, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York. (AFP)
The worldwide number of officially confirmed fatalities from the novel coronavirus rose to 53,693 on Friday, according to a tally compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT from official sources.
More than 1,035,380 declared cases have been registered in 188 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 201,500 are now considered recovered.
The tallies, using data collected by AFP offices 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 only testing cases that require hospitalisation.
Italy, which recorded its first coronavirus death at the end of February, has 13,915 fatalities, with 115,242 infections and 18,278 people recovered.
Spain has recorded 10,935 fatalities and 117,710 infections.
China -- excluding Hong Kong and Macau -- has to date declared 3,322 deaths and 81,620 cases, with 76,571 recoveries.
France has reported 5,387 deaths and 73,743 cases.
The United States has the highest official number of infected people with 245,573 diagnosed cases, 6,058 deaths and 9,228 recoveries.
Since 1900 GMT on Thursday, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Libya and the Northern Marianas have announced their first deaths.
Europe has listed 559,459 cases and 38,974 deaths to date, the US and Canada together have 256,641 cases with 6,192 deaths, Asia 114,053 cases and 4,071 deaths, the Middle East 67,045 cases and 3,446 deaths, Latin America and the Caribbean 24,959 cases with 691 deaths, Africa 7,002 cases with 287 deaths and Oceania 6,227 cases with 32 deaths.