The new coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 2,384,059 people worldwide since the WHO office in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from from official sources Saturday at 11:00 GMT.
More than 108,151,590 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed since the start of the epidemic, of which at least 66,091,900 are now considered cured.
The figures are based on daily reports from the health authorities in each country and exclude ex post revisions by statistical agencies, such as Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom.
On Friday, 15,207 new deaths and 430,246 new cases were identified worldwide.
The countries that recorded the most new deaths in their latest reports are the United States with 5,527 new deaths (a high figure due to catching up), Mexico (1,323) and Brazil (1,288).
The United States is the most affected country in terms of both deaths and cases, with 480,902 deaths for 27,492,413 cases, according to the count from Johns Hopkins University.
After the United States, the countries most affected are Brazil with 237,489 deaths and 9,765,455 cases, Mexico with 172,557 deaths (1,978,954 cases), India with 155,550 deaths (10,892,746 cases), and the United Kingdom with 116,287 dead (4,013,799 cases).
Among the hardest hit countries, Belgium is the one with the highest number of deaths in relation to its population, with 186 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Slovenia (178), the United Kingdom (171), Czech Republic (169) and Italy (154).
Europe totaled 799,198 deaths at 11:00 GMT on Saturday for 35,364,488 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 635,834 deaths (20,021,361 cases), the United States and Canada 502,064 deaths (28,312,719 cases), the Asia 247,725 deaths (15,638,451 cases), the Middle East 100,471 deaths (5,051,452 cases), Africa 97,821 deaths (3,731,259 cases), and Oceania 946 deaths (31,862 cases).
Since the start of the pandemic, the number of tests carried out has increased sharply and screening and tracing techniques have improved, leading to an increase in declared contaminations.
The number of cases diagnosed, however, reflects only a fraction of the actual total of contaminations, with a large proportion of the less serious or asymptomatic cases still remaining undetected.
This assessment was carried out using data collected by AFP offices from the competent national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO). Due to corrections made by the authorities or late publication of the data, the 24 hour increase figures may not correspond exactly to those published the day before.