Global coronavirus death toll passes 600,000

The novel coronavirus has killed 604,963 people in 213 countriens and territories since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to latest figure from worldometer.

A total of 604,963 deaths were recorded globally out of 14,427,731 cases, a count based on official data showed, including 205,065 deaths in Europe — the worst-affected continent.

The virus is spreading rapidly in Latin America — the region with the second-most recorded deaths — where 160,726 people have died.

The United States is the country with the most deaths with 142,877, followed by Brazil (78,817), Britain (45,273), Mexico (38,888) and Italy (35,042).

The number of deaths linked to COVID-19 has doubled in just over two months, and more than 100,000 new deaths have been registered in the three weeks since June 28.

Coronavirus cases were first reported in China in December last year. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic on 11 March.