PARIS/NEW DELHI, July 19 (AFP): The Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has claimed more than 600,000 lives worldwide, an AFP tally showed on Sunday.

A total of 600,523 deaths were recorded globally out of 14,233,355 cases, a count based on official data showed, including 205,065 deaths in Europe — the worst-affected continent.

The virus is spreading rapidly in Latin America — the region with the second-most recorded deaths — where 160,726 people have died.

The United States is the country with the most deaths with 140,103, followed by Brazil (78,772), Britain (45,273), Mexico (38,888) and Italy (35,042).

The number of deaths linked to Covid-19 has doubled in just over two months, and more than 100,000 new deaths have been registered in the three weeks since June 28.

Meanwhile, dpa reported that on Saturday (July 18) evening, the number of coronavirus cases in Indonesia has surpassed that of China, after the South-East Asian country reported 1,752 infections.

Indonesia’s total number of confirmed cases stood at 84,882, the Health Ministry said, surpassing China’s official tally of 83,644.

The virus-related death toll rose to 4,016 after 59 fatalities were reported overnight, said Health Ministry spokesman Achmad Yurianto.

Indonesia has consistently recorded more than 1,200 cases daily since the start of July.

The world’s fourth most populous country began the gradual reopening of its economy in June.

Authorities in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, have scrapped plans to reopen cinemas this month after a spike in daily cases.

Some social and travel restrictions in the city of 10 million people will remain in place for the next two weeks.

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