According to an AFP count at 1045 GMT on Saturday, more than 600,000 cases of the latest coronavirus have been officially reported around the world since the epidemic outbreak.
Across 183 countries and territories, there were 605,010 cases of infection, with 27,982 deaths. There were 104,837 cases in the US, 1,711 of which were fatal. Italy had the highest death rate with 9,134 cases and a total of 86,498.
China, the outbreak’s epicenter, had 81,394 cases, and 3,295 deaths. The statistics are just a fraction of the number of infections as many countries conduct tests on reported patients only if they are hospitalized.