Global coronavirus toll tops 4,500
March 12, 2020 01:03 AM
The number of novel coronavirus cases globally stood at 124,101, with 4,566 deaths, across 113 countries and territories by Wednesday, according to a tally compiled by AFP from official sources.
China—excluding the territories of Hong Kong and Macau—where the epidemic emerged at the end of December had 80,778 cases, of which 3,158 were fatal. There have been 24 new infections and 22 deaths since Tuesday, while 61,475 people have recovered from the virus.
Outside China, a total of 43,323 cases have been recorded around the world since the epidemic began, including 1,408 deaths. Some 6,737 cases are new, with 293 new deaths in the previous 24 hours.
The most affected countries after China are Italy (12,462 cases, 827 deaths), Iran (9,000 cases, 354 deaths), South Korea (7,755 cases, 60 deaths), and Spain (2,128 cases, 47 deaths).
Since 1700 GMT on Tuesday, Albania, Sweden, Ireland, Belgium, Panama and Bulgaria reported their first deaths.
Brunei, Honduras, Bolivia, Ivory Coast and Turkey confirmed the first coronavirus cases on their territory.
Asia recorded a total at 1700 GMT Wednesday of 90,535 cases (3,236 deaths), Europe 22,307 cases (930 deaths), the Middle East 9,876 cases (364 deaths), US and Canada 989 cases (29 deaths), Latin America and the Caribbean 148 cases (two deaths), Oceania 129 cases (three deaths), Africa 117 cases (two deaths).
This assessment was carried out using data collected by AFP offices from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Criteria for counting victims and coronavirus screening practices vary from country to country.