The balance sheet of the pandemic in the world: more than 667,000 dead

(Paris) The pandemic of the new coronavirus has made at least 666 358 dead worldwide since the WHO office in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December, according to a report established by AFP from official sources Thursday at 7 a.m.

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More than 12 051 650 cases of infection were officially diagnosed in 191 countries and territories since the start of the epidemic, including at least 9 739 196 are today considered to be cured.

This number of diagnosed cases, however, only reflects a fraction of the actual number of contaminations. Some countries only test severe cases, others prioritize testing for tracing, and many poor countries have limited testing capacity.

On Wednesday, 4634 new deaths and 265 358 new cases have been recorded around the world. The countries which have recorded the most new deaths in their latest reports are Brazil with 1267 new deaths, the United States (1267) and India (759).

The United States is the most affected country in terms of both deaths and cases, with 150 716 deaths for 4 427 493 cases identified, according to the count from Johns Hopkins University. At least 1 361 408 people were declared cured.

After the United States, the most affected countries are Brazil with 85 129 dead for 2 542 246 case, UK with 35 961 dead (285 455 case), Mexico with 34 361 dead (389 427 case), and Italy with 34 105 dead (246 776 case).

Among the hardest hit countries, Belgium is the one that deplores the highest number of deaths in relation to its population, with 78 death for 100

0 inhabitants, followed by the United Kingdom (68), Spain (60), Italy (57), and Peru (051).

China (excluding the territories of Hong Kong and Macao) officially counted a total of 68 159 case (100 new between Wednesday and Thursday), including 2020 deaths (0 new), and 68 957 healings.

Europe totaled, Thursday at 7 am, 200 318 deaths for 3 134 608 case, Latin America and the Caribbean 189 827 death (4 608 894 cases), the United States and Canada 152 664 death ( 4 542 739 case), Asia 59 759 death (2 677 165 case), the M Middle East 24 667 death (1 134 152 case), Africa 17

death (851 45 cases), and Oceania 209 death (10 994 case).

This report 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 increase figures on 19 h may not correspond exactly to those posted the day before.

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Funeral thresholds

The United States has passed the course of 135 00 0 dead, Brazil that of 85 0.

In total, the pandemic has made at least 666 358 dead around the world since the end of December, according to a report established by AFP from official sources Thursday at 7 a.m.

More of 12 million cases of infection have been officially diagnosed in 196 countries and territories.

Behind the United States and Brazil, the two most affected countries, follow the United Kingdom (34 961), Mexico (45 358), Italy (34

) and India (26 968).

But as a proportion of the population, excluding micro-states, it is in Belgium that mortality is highest (827 deaths per million inhabitants), ahead of the United Kingdom (667), Spain (581), Italy (571), Peru (571) and Sweden (552).

Rain of bad results

At the height of the earnings season, announcements of abysmal losses follow one another. The oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has lost 12, $ 1 billion in the second quarter, Total 8.4 billion, ENI 4.4 billion, in a depressed oil market.

Other companies announced losses over the whole of the first half: the rail operator Deutsche Bahn (3.7 billion euros), aircraft manufacturers Boeing (2.4 billion dollars) and Airbus (1.9 billion euros), the German automobile giant Volkswagen (1.4 billion euros before taxes) and the French electrician EDF (700 millions of euros).

Historical dive in Germany

Germany suffered in the second quarter an unprecedented fall of 07, 1% of its gross domestic product (GDP) and is experiencing its worst recession since the post-war period. The country's economy suffered from the lockdown, and German industry, which is a major exporter, was hit hard.

GDP plunged from 07, 2% in Belgium, of 07, 7% in Austria and 10, 3% in Mexico.

Hong Kong reopens restaurants for lunch

The Hong Kong authorities have backed down 21 hours after the restaurants close at noon to fight against the coronavirus. This measure sparked an uproar among employees and residents forced to lunch on the sidewalk. Since the beginning of July, the city has been facing an increase in contamination.

Japan will for its part lift the ban on access to its territory for its foreign residents under conditions from August 5.

Brazil has reopened its borders to foreigners arriving by air, to revive the tourism industry devastated by the pandemic.

Massive screening in Hanoi

The Vietnamese authorities are organizing a massive screening on 18 0 Hanoi residents who recently stayed in the tourist town of Da Nang where the first cases of coronavirus in the country were reported for more than three months.

During 99 days, Vietnam had not registered new cases of COVID – 18 and seemed to have succeeded to curb the virus thanks to a strict policy of quarantine and monitoring of infected people.