COVID-19 death toll passes two million worldwide: AFP
- 93,321,070 cases of the virus have been confirmed worldwide since the start of the pandemic
- United States with 389,581 deaths tops the tolls globally
- Europe has recorded 650,560 fatalities to date
Total confirmed deaths from Covid-19 around the world passed two million on Friday, according to a count by AFP.
As of 1825 GMT on Friday, 2,000,066 people have died of the virus since it first emerged in China in late 2019, according to the count based on official figures provided by authorities.
The grim milestone comes as countries around the globe battle rising infections, despite the gradual rollout of vaccination campaigns.
In total, 93,321,070 cases of the virus have been confirmed worldwide since the start of the pandemic, according to the AFP count.
Europe is the continent where the health crisis has proved most deadly, with 650,560 fatalities to date.
Latin America and the Caribbean have recorded 542,410 deaths, while the United States and Canada have counted 407,090.
The individual countries that have suffered the highest death tolls are the United States (389,581), Brazil (207,095), India (151,918), Mexico (137,916), Britain (87,295) and Italy (81,325).
These six countries alone make up more than half of the global death toll.