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Global Covid-19 Cases Exceed 16 M.

According to an AFP count from official sources at 0510 GMT, the global number of coronavirus cases reached 16 million on Sunday, over half of which were in the Americas and the Caribbean.

The 16,055,223 cases include 644,556 deaths with the worst-hit country in the United States, reporting 4,099,310 infections, and 145,013 deaths.

Latin America and the Caribbean reported 4,328,915 cases and 182,501 deaths, 3,052,108 cases, and 207,734 deaths followed by Europe.

The spread of the pandemic continues to intensify, and since July more than five million cases have been reported, about a third of the total number of cases since the pandemic began.

The World Health Organization reports there were more than one million cases registered in each of the last five weeks, with more than 280,000 identified on July 24 alone.

Belgium has the highest number of deaths compared to its population, with 85 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Britain with 67, Spain 61, Italy 58, and Sweden 56.

The spiraling figures are especially alarming because the tallies, using data from national authorities gathered by AFP and WHO statistics, possibly only represent a fraction of the actual number of infections.

Most countries still monitor symptomatic or the most serious cases while others still have limited capacity for testing.


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