saccording to the data collected by the French news agency, at 7 pm TMG (20:00 in Lisbon) today, 4,491,730 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed in 196 countries and territories since the epidemic began, in December spent in the Chinese province of Wuhan.
THE AFP warns, however, that the number of diagnosed cases reflects only one fraction of the actual total infections, as a large number of countries are testing only those cases that require hospital care. Among these cases, at least 1,571,100 are now considered cured.
Since the count at 19:00 TMG today, 4,981 new deaths and 96,039 new cases have occurred worldwide.
Countries with more Deaths in the last 24 hours are the United States, with 1,759 new deaths, Brazil (844) and the United Kingdom (384).
The United States, which had its first death linked to the coronavirus at the beginning of February, are the most affected in terms of the number of Deaths and cases, with 86,744 deaths and 1,429,990.
At least 246,414 people have been declared cured by US health officials.
After the United States, the most affected are the United Kingdom, with 33,998 deaths and 236,711 cases, Italy with 31,610 Deaths (223,885 cases), France, with 27,529 deaths (178,870 cases (numbers from Thursday, because the authorities did not provide a full assessment today) and Spain, with 27,459 deaths (230,183 cases).
Among the countries hardest hit, Belgium remains the one with the highest number of deaths compared to its population, with 77 Deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Spain (59), Italy (52), the United Kingdom (50) and France (42).
China (excluding the territories of Hong Kong and Macau), where the epidemic started in late December, has officially accounted for a total of 82,933 cases (four new ones between Thursday and today), including 4,633 deaths (zero new ones) and 78,209 recoveries.
Europe totaled at 19:00 TMG today 164,137 deaths and 1,848,598 cases, the United States and Canada 92,386 deaths (1,504,523 cases), Latin America and the Caribbean 25,690 deaths (454,107 cases), the Asia 11,696 deaths (336,428 cases), the Middle East 7,983 deaths (262,778 cases), Africa 2,601 deaths (76,941 cases) and OceThenia 126 deaths (8,363 cases).
This assessment was carried out using data gathered by the delegations of the AFP competent national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO).
However, the AFP warns that due to corrections authorities or the late publication of the data, the 24-hour increase numbers may not match exactly to those published the day before.
Portugal, with 1,190 registered deaths and 28,583 confirmed cases, is currently the 21st country in the world with the most Deaths and the 23rd in number of infections.
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