More than 2,770,750 declared cases have been registered in 193 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December.
Of these cases, at least 736,800 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 the most serious cases.
In the United States, now the worst-hit country, the death toll stood at 50,360 with 884,004 infections. At least 81,338 patients have recovered.
Italy is the next most affected country with 25,969 deaths and 192,994 confirmed infections.
It is followed by Spain with 22,524 fatalities and 219,764 confirmed infections, France with 22,245 deaths and 159,828 infections and Britain with 19,506 deaths and 143,464 cases.
China — excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to date declared 4,632 deaths and 82,804 cases, just six since Thursday.
Since Thursday 1900 GMT, Sierra Leone announced its first death caused by the virus.
Europe has listed 1,329,695 cases and 119,211 deaths to date, the US and Canada together have 927,543 cases with 52,689 deaths, Asia 188,320 cases with 7,664 deaths, the Middle East 146,298 cases with 6,122 deaths, Latin America and the Caribbean 142,389 cases with 6,815 deaths. Africa lists 28,542 cases with 1,326 deaths and Oceania 7,964 cases with 103 deaths.
More than 60 suspected undocumented migrants from Ethiopia were found dead on Tuesday in a cargo container in Mozambique’s northwest Tete province, a hospital official said.
“A truck transporting illegal immigrants from Malawi, suspected to be Ethiopians, was stopped at the Mussacana weight bridge in Tete, and 64 people were found dead. Only 14 survived,” the senior official, who asked not be named, told AFP.
“His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world,” said the statement posted by his representative Keith Hagan.
A three-time Grammy winner who sold tens of millions of records, Rogers was known for a string of huge hits including “The Gambler,” “Lucille” and “Islands in the Stream.”
“I’ve never considered myself a great singer, but I do have a certain way as a storyteller,” he told the Irish Examiner in 2013.
“I’ve been very lucky in finding many great songs that have had a staying power, and have lingered longer in the heart.”
Released in 1978, his album “The Gambler” was a huge international hit, going multi-platinum and the title track became his signature song.
“I do two kinds of songs,” he told NPR in 2015.
“There are story songs that have social significance, or they’re ballads that say what every man would like to say and every woman would like to hear.”
– ‘I don’t gamble’ – Rogers also starred the film “The Gambler,” which was based on the song, but he liked to joke that he wasn’t much of a gambler himself.
“I learned a long time ago, I can’t win enough money to excite me, but I can lose enough to depress me,” he told NPR. “So I don’t gamble.”
He played his final concert at Nashville in October 2017, where he was joined by his long-time friend and collaborator Dolly Parton for a last performance of “Islands in the Stream.”
In April 2018 Rogers scrapped the final dates of his farewell tour due to health concerns.
“I didn’t want to take forever to retire,” the singer said.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to fans over the course of the past two years,” he said, adding that he could “never properly thank them for the encouragement and support they’ve given me throughout my career.”
Born in a housing project in Houston, Texas, Rogers started his career in the late 1950s and quickly became active in rockabilly, jazz and other genres that he brought into his country style.
He went on to have 24 number one hits and was a six-time Country Music Association Awards winner.
In 2013 Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, which said he had “parlayed a distinctive, husky voice and laid-back sex appeal into durable superstardom.”
His easygoing ballads and constant touring won him mainstream pop appeal, as have his popular takes on Christmas standards.
Rogers also came to prominence through his collaboration with Parton and appearances on films and television programs including “The Muppet Show.
In 2012 he published a memoir recounting the ups and downs of his long career: “Luck or Something Like It.”
Married five times, he is survived by his wife Wanda and five children, including twin boys.
Britain announced Wednesday it would be closing schools in the coming days to stem the spread of coronavirus, as the death toll topped 100 and Londoners braced for tougher measures to tackle the outbreak.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had held off following the lead of other European countries in shutting schools, because of the impact it would have on the workforce.
But as the outbreak spreads and the death toll reached 104, up from 71 in a day, he said schools would be closed indefinitely later this week.
“After schools shut their gates from Friday afternoon, they will remain closed,” he told his daily news conference, without giving a date for their re-opening.
Exceptions will be made for key workers — including healthcare staff, police and delivery drivers — and for the most vulnerable children.
Johnson earlier this week advised people to work from home and avoid unnecessary social contact and travel, warning the infection rate was starting to spike.
On Wednesday he said this was having an effect but repeated advice for people with symptoms to self-isolate for between one and two weeks, depending on circumstances.
“Everyone must follow the advice to protect themselves and their families, but also, more importantly to protect the wider public,” he said.
Johnson added that “we will not hesitate to bring forward further and faster measures.”
Speculation is rife that London in particular could soon be subject to more draconian measures, as the capital records the most number of cases.
“We know London is ahead of the rest of us so we may see more stringent measures than even those that we have announced so far being taken,” Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in Edinburgh earlier.
The government will on Thursday introduce legislation giving it emergency powers to deal with the outbreak, including to close premises and restrict gatherings.
– Parliamentary hotspot –
Lawmakers were earlier told to stay away from Johnson’s weekly question time in parliament amid warnings that Westminster is a particularly infectious area.
Some 25 MPs, including a cabinet minister, are already thought to have isolated themselves.
“There’s a lot of COVID-19 in Westminster,” tweeted epidemiologist Professor Neil Ferguson, a government adviser, as he announced that he had also developed symptoms.
MPs will gather on Thursday however to debate new emergency legislation to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, which ministers hope to push through within days.
The government says its powers will only be used when “absolutely necessary” and the bill has support from opposition parties.
But some MPs voiced concern at the sweeping nature and duration of the proposals, and the effect on civil liberties.
– Rent support –
Johnson’s government has come under pressure to do more to tackle the outbreak of COVID-19, given the tough lockdowns imposed in other European countries.
But he insisted all action was driven by the science, adding: “We’re going to do the right measures at the right time.”
So far Britain has around 2,600 cases, but chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance this week warned that 55,000 Britons could have the virus at a “reasonable” estimate.
The new social distancing advice sparked warnings that many businesses, particularly in the hospitality industry, could go bust.
The FTSE 100 slumped again Wednesday, dropping as much as 5.0 percent in morning trade, while the pound hit its lowest level since 1985 against the dollar, touching $1.1828.
Finance minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday announced a package of support for businesses, including government-backed loans of at least £330 billion ($395 billion, 360 billion euros).
On Wednesday, Johnson also promised legislation to protect individuals unable to pay their rent because of job losses caused by the crisis to avoid evictions.
In other developments:
– the government said it was working to increase the number of people in hospital being tested for COVID-19 to 25,000 a day and ensure frontline health workers get the protective kit they need.
– Johnson said there was a “massive effort” to build enough ventilators to treat the worst-hit patients, after concern about a shortage.
– Supermarkets, whose supplies have been hit by panic-buying, said they would safeguard supplies for the elderly and most vulnerable, including dedicated opening times only for older customers.
– the 50th Glastonbury music festival became the latest casualty of the outbreak, with this year’s event pushed back to next year.
Greece announced two more coronavirus deaths on Saturday bringing the toll to three, as an unprecedented lockdown takes effect.
A 67-year-old man died on Zakynthos island early on Saturday and a 90-year-old man died in the northern city of Ptolemaida, the health ministry said.
Both men had health problems.
The man in Zakinthos was believed to have contracted the virus after visiting a hospital in western Greece where the first fatality was confirmed, Athens News Agency reported.
Greece closed shops, bars and restaurants on Friday as well as tourist sites such as the Acropolis as coronavirus cases jumped from 117 to 190.
Only supermarkets, pharmacies and medical facilities have been allowed to stay open.
The government had already shut down schools and universities, courts, cinemas, gyms and other indoor public gathering areas for two weeks in an effort to curb the outbreak.
A torch relay for the Tokyo 2020 Games has been cancelled after Hollywood actor Gerard Butler, who starred as the ancient Spartan King Leonidas in the 2007 epic “300”, was mobbed as he lit a cauldron in the city of Sparta.
The Greek Olympic Committee said crowds had ignored “repeated warnings” not to gather at stopovers in the torch relay.
The flame for the 2020 Tokyo Games was lit in ancient Olympia on Thursday without spectators after dozens of people tested positive for COVID-19 in the region.
Meanwhile, Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas said his wife had tested positive for the coronavirus and he would self-isolate for two weeks as a precaution.
At least eight people have died after tornadoes ripped across Tennessee early Tuesday, destroying buildings and toppling powerlines in the capital of Nashville hours before the southern US state was to vote in Super Tuesday primaries, officials said.
Melisa Hucks of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reported that the statewide death toll was “eight at this time” and that fatalities had occurred across four counties.
The Nashville Fire Department said that it was responding to reports of approximately 40 structure collapses around the city.
Smashed buildings, downed power lines and debris could be seen across the city, where a tornado tore through shortly after midnight.
“A line of severe storms passed through Tennessee and has caused major damage to buildings, roads, bridges, utilities and businesses in several counties,” TEMA said.
“Nashville is hurting, and our community has been devastated,” Mayor John Cooper wrote on Twitter, urging people to lend a helping hand.
Tennessee is one of 14 states voting in the crucial Super Tuesday primaries, which will help determine the Democratic nominee for November’s presidential election.
Voting was to start an hour late in Nashville and Wilson County due to the tornado damage, with several alternate polling sites set up, local newspaper The Tennessean reported.
Governor Bill Lee said he and his wife were sending “prayers across Tennessee this morning as our state suffers from last night’s storms.”
Nashville is best known as the epicenter of the United States’ country music scene.