COVID-19 death toll passes 600,000 mark

The virus is spreading rapidly in Latin America - the region with the second-most recorded deaths - where 160,726 people have died.

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The new coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 600,000 lives worldwide, an AFP tally showed Sunday.

A total of 600,523 deaths were recorded globally out of 14,233,355 cases, a count based on official data showed, including 205,065 deaths in Europe — the worst-affected continent.

Latin American badly affected by COVID-19

The virus is spreading rapidly in Latin America — the region with the second-most recorded deaths — where 160,726 people have died.

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The United States is the country with the most deaths with 140,103, followed by Brazil (78,772), Britain (45,273), Mexico (38,888) and Italy (35,042).

 

The number of deaths linked to COVID-19 has doubled in just over two months, and more than 100,000 new deaths have been registered in the three weeks since June 28.

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Russia has reported 6,109 new cases and 95 more deaths from the coronavirus. The nationwide tally of infections has risen to 771,546 cases, Russia’s coronavirus crisis response centre said.

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday that it was possible that EU leaders will not reach agreement on their third day of talks on plans to boost the bloc’s economies, which have been ravaged by the coronavirus.

“There is a lot of good will but also many positions. I will make every effort but it is possible that there is no result,” she said in Brussels.

India recorded its biggest surge in COVID-19 cases to date with 38,902 new cases and 543 deaths in the last 24 hours. The country’s total infections tally is now 1,077,618 to date, as the total death toll has climbed to 26,816, according to health ministry data.


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