Covid live news: Russia reports record new cases; China rejects US intelligence report on virus origins

Coronavirus has killed at least 4,992,831 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a new estimate.

A tally from official sources compiled by Agence France Presse at 11am on Sunday also showed at least 246,316,520 cases of coronavirus have been registered.

The vast majority have recovered, though some have continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.

The figures are based on daily reports provided by health authorities in each country.

The World Health Organization estimates that the pandemic’s overall toll could be two to three times higher than official records, due to the excess mortality that is directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19. A large number of the less severe or asymptomatic cases also remain undetected.

On Saturday, 6,238 new deaths and 399,027 new cases were recorded worldwide. The countries with the highest number of new deaths were Russia with 1,158, followed by India with 446 and Romania with 413.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 745,670 deaths from 45,953,780 cases, followed by Brazil with 607,694 deaths from 21,804,094 cases, India with 458,186 deaths from 34,273,300 cases, Mexico with 288,276 deaths from 3,805,765 cases, and Russia with 238,538 deaths from 8,513,790 cases.

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