Covid-19 has killed at least 749,973 people worldwide
Covid-19 has killed at least 7,49,973 people since it emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.
At least 20,666,110 cases have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 12,586,400 are now considered recovered.
The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.
Many countries are testing only symptomatic or the most serious cases.
Yesterday, 6,721 new deaths and 270,391 new cases were recorded worldwide. Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were the United States with 1,429 new deaths, followed by Brazil on 1,175 and India 942.
The United States is the worst-hit country with 166,027 deaths from 5,197,377 cases. At least 1,753,760 people have been declared recovered.
After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 104,201 deaths from 3,164,785 cases; Mexico with 54,666 deaths from 498,380 cases; India with 47,033 deaths from 2,396,637 cases and the United Kingdom with 46,706 deaths from 313,798 cases.
The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Belgium with 85 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by the United Kingdom with 69, Peru 66, Spain 61 and Italy 58.
China - excluding Hong Kong and Macau - has to date declared 84,756 cases, including 4,634 deaths, and 79,398 recoveries.
Latin America and the Caribbean overall has 228,561 deaths from 5,821,886 cases; Europe 214,604 deaths from 3,433,581 infections and the United States and Canada 175,069 deaths from 5,317,994 cases.
Asia has 75,896 deaths from 3,709,662 cases; the Middle East 31,180 deaths from 1,283,130 cases; Africa 24,269 deaths from 1,075,466 cases and Oceania 394 deaths from 24,391 cases.
Australia records significant fall in new virus cases
Australia's virus-hit Victoria state has reported a major drop in new coronavirus cases, but officials warned against complacency amid a "worrying" spread of the disease in regional areas outside Melbourne.
Overall, Australia has recorded more than 22,000 cases of Covid-19 and 361 deaths during the pandemic.
Philippines eyes clinical trials for Russian Covid-19 vaccine in October
The Philippines plans to launch clinical trials for a Russian coronavirus vaccine in October, with President Rodrigo Duterte expected to be inoculated as early as May next year, a presidential spokesman said.
Russia on Tuesday became the world's first country to grant regulatory approval for a Covid-19 vaccine, to be named "SputnikV" in homage to the Soviet Union's launch of the world's first satellite.
But its decision to grant approval before completing trials has raised concerns among some experts, who fear it may be putting national prestige before safety.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told Reuters that all clinical trials would need to go through the regulatory process.
Phase three clinical trials in the Philippines are due to run from October to March 2021, after a panel of vaccine experts completes its review on Russia's phase one and two trials in September, Ms Roque told a media briefing.
Mr Duterte is keen to access a vaccine and in July made a plea to China to make the Philippines a priority if it develops one.
The president has pledged that the Philippines, which suffered its biggest economic contraction in nearly three decades, would be "back to normal" by December even as it has been reporting record numbers of daily coronavirus infections since July.
The health ministry said there were 4,002 new infections and 23 additional deaths in the past 24 hours.
It said the total number of confirmed cases had risen to 147,526, the highest in Southeast Asia, while confirmed deaths had reached 2,426.
India's coronavirus cases jump by 67,000, setting daily record
India has reported another record daily rise in novel coronavirus infections, while the death toll from Covid-19 surpassed 47,000.
Infections grew by 66,999 from yesterday to reach a total of nearly 2.4 million to date, India's health ministry said.
The country, with the world's biggest case load behind the United States and Brazil, has now reported a jump of 50,000 cases or more each day for 15 straight days.