The worldwide death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to 165,216 on Monday, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.
More than 2,403,410 declared cases have been registered in193 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China inDecember.
Of these cases, at least 537,700 are now consideredrecovered.
The tallies, using data collected by AFP from nationalauthorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probablyreflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.
Many countries are testing only the most serious cases.
In the United States, now the worst-hit country, the deathtoll stood at 40,683 with 759,786 infections. At least 70,980 patients haverecovered. Italy is the next most affected country with 23,660 deaths and178,972 confirmed infections.
It is followed by Spain with 20,852 fatalities and 200,210confirmed infections, France with 19,718 deaths and 152,894 infections andBritain with 16,060 deaths and 120,067 cases.
China — excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to datedeclared 4,632 deaths and 82,747 cases.Europehas listed 1,183,307 cases and 104,028 deaths to date, the US and Canadatogether have 793,169 cases with 42,212 deaths, Asia 166,453 cases with 7,030deaths, the Middle East 126,793 cases with 5,664 deaths, Latin America and theCaribbean 103,857 cases with 5,068 deaths, Africa 21,957 cases with 1,124deaths and Oceania 7,879 cases with 90 deaths.