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Europe has recorded more than 2.5 million coronavirus deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic, with more than half the total accounted for by Russia, Britain, Spain and Italy, according to a tally from official sources complied by AFP as of 1030 GMT Saturday.
With some 2,500,091 cases including 192,158 deaths, Europe is the worst affected continent while Latin America now has the fastest growing outbreak.
Globally, there have been 8,680,649 cases, including 459,976 deaths.
Russia has recorded most cases in Europe, with 576,952 and 8,002 deaths, followed by Britain, 301,815 cases, 42,461 deaths; Spain, 245,575 and 28,315, and Italy, 238,011 and 34,561 fatalities.
Paramedics prepare to transfer a patient in east London during the novel coronavirus pandemic. AFP
The official figures are widely believed to comprise only a small fraction of the real number of cases and deaths.Agence France-Presse
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
The death toll has doubled in under two months and in total 477,117 fatalities have been recorded from 9,263,743 cases across the globe. Europe remains the worst-hit region with 193,800 dead from 2,557,761 cases.
With a total of 75,011 deaths from 909,673 infections, Europe is the hardest-hit continent in the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed at least 109,133 people worldwide. Europe's most affected country is Italy with 19,468 deaths, followed by Spain with 16,972, France with 13,832 and Britain with 9,875.
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