Coronavirus cases top 30 million worldwide: AFP tally
This handout photograph taken on January 30, 2020 and released by Zhang Hai, shows medical workers standing around Zhang Lifa, the father of Zhang Hai, as he is treated for the COVID-19 coronavirus in a hospital in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province. Some families accuse the Wuhan and Hubei provincial governments of concealing the outbreak when it first emerged there late last year, failing to alert the public, and bungling the response, allowing Covid-19 to explode out of control.
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Coronavirus cases top 30 million worldwide: AFP tally
(Agence France-Presse) - September 18, 2020 - 7:49am

PARIS, France — The number of coronavirus cases registered worldwide topped 30 million on Thursday, according to an AFP tally based on official sources.

The grim landmark came as the World Health Organization warned of "alarming rates of transmission" of Covid-19 across Europe.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP 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 testing only symptomatic or the most serious cases.

The coronavirus death toll is now at 943,086 since it surfaced in China late last year and the number of cases has ballooned to 30,000,062, according to figures available at 19:45 GMT.

The United States has the highest national figures with 6,650,570 cases and 197,364 deaths, followed by India at 5,118,253 infections and 83,198 fatalities and Brazil with 4,419,083 cases and 134,106 deaths.

The rhythm of the pandemic seems to have stabilised globally since the middle of July with a million new cases surfacing every four days.

It took 94 days to hit a million infections and then another 86 days for the number of cases to cross 10 million on June 28.

The number of infections has tripled since then.

Asia has registered the most new cases in the past week with 742,286 infections, of which more than 80 percent are in India.

Latin America and the Caribbean are next at 493,120, followed by Europe (327.524), Canada and the US  (273,339), the Middle East (111,986), Africa (52,584) and Oceania (548).

Latin America has 8,484,443 infections in all and 316,827 deaths, followed by Asia (6,861,965 cases and 120,334 deaths).

Canada and the US have nearly 6.8 million cases and 206,602 deaths, Europe has 4,700,387 infections and 223,849 deaths and the Middle East has 1,750,232 cases and 41,254 deaths.

Africa has recorded 1,381,036 cases and 33,324 deaths followed by Oceania at 30,890 infections and 896 deaths.

India recorded the most number of new infections in the past week at 650,231, followed by Canada and the United States at 267,995, Brazil (221,194), Argentina (76,719) and Spain (70,981).

The number of new cases rose 39 percent in the UK the past week, 22 percent in Canada, 19 percent in France, 11 percent in Brazil, 9 percent in the US and 8 percent in India.

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October 31, 2020 - 4:03pm

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Total active cases are 42,462. There are 606 new recoveries and 36 new deaths.

October 31, 2020 - 10:28am

The US hit a record number of new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, topping 94,000 infections in 24 hours, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.

The country, which has seen a resurgence of its Covid-19 outbreak since mid-October, recorded 94,125 new cases in the 24 hours up to 8:30 pm Friday (0030 GMT Saturday), according to a real-time count by the Baltimore-based school. 

That broke the record of more than 91,000 cases set just one day earlier. — AFP

October 30, 2020 - 6:41pm

The Department of Health says they do not recommend the use of necklace air purifiers for protection against coronavirus infections.

"The DOH clarifies that it is NOT ENDORSING the use of necklace air purifiers that claim to kill bacteria or viruses, or protect from COVID-19," the health department says in a statement.

"While these devices do not pose any harm, the DOH currently does not recommend using these devices due to lack of evidence of efficacy," it adds.


October 30, 2020 - 4:25pm

The Department of Health reports 2,006 new COVID-19 cases. This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the Philippines to 378,933.

There are 41,291 active COVID-19 cases. The DOH announces 38 new deaths and 636 additional recoveries.

October 29, 2020 - 9:18pm

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 1,175,992 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 11:00 GMT on Thursday. 

At least 44,561,260 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 29,949,000 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections. — AFP

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