The Coronavirus has caused the death of 309,296 people in the world since its appearance in December in China, according to a toll compiled by Agence France-Presse until 19:00 GMT Saturday, according to official sources.
More than four million and 588 thousand and 360 cases have been officially registered in 196 countries and regions since the start of the Covid-19 epidemic, but these numbers only reflect part of the actual number of infections, as many countries do examinations only for cases that require the transfer of their owners to the hospital.
Among these cases, a million and 618,800 people have been recovered to date.
Since the last Friday census at 19:00 GMT, 4676 deaths and 96569 new infections have been recorded in the world.
The United States recorded the highest new death toll with 1,247 deaths, followed by Brazil (824) and the United Kingdom (468).
Since the announcement of the first deaths related to the emerging coronavirus at the beginning of February, the United States has recorded the highest total global death toll and injury, with 87,991 deaths out of a million and 456 thousand and 29 infections.
At least 250,747 people have recovered.
Among the most affected countries, Belgium has the highest death rate compared to the population, with 78 deaths per 100,000 residents, followed by Spain (59), Italy (53), the United Kingdom (51) and France (42).
The official toll in mainland China (excluding Macao and Hong Kong), the epicenter of the epidemic, was 4,633 deaths out of 82,941 cases after 8 new cases were detected between Friday and Saturday, while 78,219 people recovered.
The death toll in Europe as of 19:00 GMT Saturday, 165,407 deaths out of one million, 869 thousand and 325 cases, while the United States and Canada recorded 93749 deaths out of a million and 531 thousand and 799 cases, and Latin America and the Caribbean 27374 deaths out of 482581 cases, and Asia 11903 Deaths out of 344821 cases, the Middle East 8057 deaths out of 271426 cases, Africa 2,680 deaths out of 80,032 cases, and Oceania 126 deaths out of 8,381 cases.
This toll was prepared on the basis of data collected by the offices of Agence France-Presse by the competent national authorities and on information published by the World Health Organization.
On the other hand, the World Health Organization warned Saturday that spraying antiseptics in the streets, as is the case in some countries, does not eliminate the emerging Coronavirus and carries health risks.
In a document on cleaning and disinfecting surfaces as part of the fight against Covid-19, the World Health Organization said spraying these materials may be ineffective.
The document states that “sprinkling in open spaces such as roads and markets… is not recommended for killing the Covid-19 virus or other pathogens because the disinfectant loses its effect to dirt and debris”.
“Even in the absence of organic matter, it is unlikely that the spraying of chemicals will adequately cover all surfaces for a period that will allow the elimination of pathogens”.
The World Health Organization considered that the streets and sidewalks are not “reservoirs of infection” Covid-19, adding that spraying antiseptics may be “harmful to human health”.
The document also stressed that spraying individuals with disinfectants “is not recommended under any circumstances”, as “it may be physically and psychologically harmful and does not reduce the ability of the person to spread the virus”.
The document indicated that spraying chlorine or other toxic chemicals on humans can cause skin infections or eyes.
The organization also warned against continuous spraying of indoor surfaces, citing a study that showed that this would be effective only in areas that are directly sprayed.
“If disinfectants are used, this should be done by soaking a cloth or mop with disinfectant”.
The emerging Coronavirus can stick to surfaces, but there is currently no accurate information on how long it will be able to spread.
Studies have shown that the virus can survive on several types of surfaces for days, but this period remains theoretical because it was determined in laboratory conditions and should be “interpreted with caution”.