Coronavirus deaths toll top 34,000 globally

AFP , Monday 30 Mar 2020

Mayor Luca Convertini stands amid two coffins to mourn victims of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) dur
Mayor Luca Convertini stands amid two coffins to mourn victims of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during a burial ceremony in the southern town of Cisternino, Italy March 30, 2020. (Reuters)

The worldwide number of officially confirmed fatalities from the novel coronavirus rose to 34,610 on Monday, according to a tally compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT from official sources.

More than two-thirds(25,037) of the deaths from coronavirus have been recorded in Europe.

A total 727,080 declared cases have been registered in 183 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 142,300 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP offices from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), likely 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 10,779 fatalities, with 97,689 infections and 13,030 people recovered.

Spain has recorded 7,340 fatalities, including 812 in the past 24 hours, and 85,195 infections.

China -- excluding Hong Kong and Macau -- has to date declared 3,304 deaths and 81,470 cases, with 75,448 recoveries. It has recorded 31 new infections and four new deaths since Sunday.

The other worst-hit countries are Iran with 2,757 deaths and 41,495 cases, and France with 2,606 deaths and 40,174 cases.

The United States has the highest number of infected people with 143,055 diagnosed cases, 2,514 deaths and 4,865 recoveries. Cases there have soared from 41,511 one week ago.

Since 1900 GMT on Sunday, Angola announced its first death.

Europe has listed 396,027 cases and 24,841 deaths to date, Asia 106,552 cases and 3,827 deaths, the Middle East 50,643 cases and 2,847 deaths, the US and Canada together have 149,298 cases with 2,577 deaths, Latin America and the Caribbean 14,910 cases with 348 deaths, Africa 4,786 cases with 150 deaths and Oceania 4,864 cases with 20 deaths.

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