More than 25 million cases of coronavirus in Europe

The new coronavirus pandemic caused at least 1,743,187 deaths worldwide in December 2019. Europe crossed the threshold of 25 million cases on Christmas Day.


The novel coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 1,743,187 people worldwide since the WHO office in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December 2019, as Europe crossed on this day Christmas the threshold of 25 million cases, according to a report established by AFP from official sources Friday at 11:00 GMT.

More than 79,313,380 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed since the start of the epidemic, of which at least 50,154,100 are now considered cured.

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

On the day of Thursday, 12,667 new deaths and 692,731 new cases were recorded worldwide. The countries that have recorded the most new deaths in their latest reports are the United States with 3,299 new deaths, Mexico (861) and Brazil (762).

The United States is the most affected country in terms of both deaths and cases, with 329,106 deaths for 18,655,012 cases, according to the count from Johns Hopkins University. At least 6,298,082 people have been declared cured.

After the United States, the countries most affected are Brazil with 189,982 deaths and 7,423,945 cases, India with 147,092 deaths (10,146,845 cases), Mexico with 121,172 deaths (1,362,564 cases), and the ‘Italy with 70,900 deaths (2,009,317 cases).

Among the hardest hit countries, Belgium is the one with the highest number of deaths in relation to its population, with 164 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Slovenia (119), Bosnia (118), Italy (117), North Macedonia (114).

Europe totaled Friday at 11:00 GMT 540,647 deaths for 25,000,154 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 493,837 deaths (15,024,469 cases), the United States and Canada 343,798 deaths (19,188,172 cases), the Asia 214,302 deaths (13,617,004 cases), the Middle East 88,246 deaths (3,853,039 cases), Africa 61,413 deaths (2,599,658 cases), and Oceania 944 deaths (30,885 cases).

This assessment 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 24 hour increase figures may not correspond exactly to those published the day before.