COVID-19 death toll tops 100,000 in Asia


Asia on Thursday surpassed more than 100,000 deaths due to the new coronavirus since it first emerged in China last December, according to an AFP tally based on official sources.

A total of 100,667 deaths have been linked to the pandemic in the region out of 5,420,803 officially declared cases, as of 0800 GMT on Thursday (Sept. 03).

Out of these, 4,255,760 people are considered to have recovered.

In terms of fatalities, India is the most affected country, with nearly three-quarters of total deaths in the region – 67,376 deaths from 3,853,406 cases.

It is followed by Indonesia with 7,616 deaths from 180,646 cases, and Pakistan with 6,328 deaths and 297,014 cases.

The continent, which had successfully contained the virus after its discovery in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, has faced an increase in the daily number of cases and deaths since August.

Nearly 90,000 infections and 1,200 fatalities have been reported on average every day for the past week.

This represents an 11% increase in the number of cases and a 6% rise in the number of deaths over the previous week.

The region also had the most cases in one week at 618,000 and the second-highest number of deaths at 8,600, a figure topped only by Latin America, which still records more than 16,000 deaths weekly.

Besides being the worst-hit country in Asia, India has also reported the biggest surge in the world in a week, with more than half a million new cases (up 15% in seven days) and more than 6,800 new deaths (up 5%).

n terms of deaths, Asia is the fourth-most affected region in the world, behind Latin America and the Caribbean (282,979 deaths, 7,514,473 cases), Europe (216,596 deaths, 4,049,902 cases), and the United States and Canada (194,915 deaths, 6,244,459 cases).

It is ahead of the Middle East (37,004 deaths, 1,524,773 cases), Africa (30,260 deaths, 1,267,343 cases), and Oceania (707 deaths, 29,320 cases). (Source: The Straits Times)