According to global covid-19 update, at least 5,249,851 people have died from the virus since the outbreak of the pandemic in December 2019.
The update also showed that at least 264,784,370 cases of coronavirus have been registered globally.
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. They exclude revisions made by other statistical organisations, which show that the number of deaths is much higher.
The World Health Organisation 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, despite testing being intensified in many countries.
On Saturday, 6,343 new deaths and 520,383 new cases were recorded worldwide.
Based on the latest reports, the countries with the highest figures for new deaths were India with 2,796 new deaths, followed by Russia with 1,206 and United States with 500.
The United States is the worst-affected country with 788,204 deaths from 49,051,150 cases.
After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 615,570 deaths from 22,138,247 cases, India with 473,326 deaths from 34,633,255 cases, Mexico with 295,155 deaths from 3,900,293 cases, and Russia with 281,278 deaths from 9,801,613 cases.
The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Peru with 611 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Bulgaria with 414, Bosnia-Herzegovina with 387, Montenegro with 370, the Republic of North Macedonia with 366, Hungary with 364 and the Czech Republic with 314.
Latin America and the Caribbean overall have 1,543,788 deaths from 46,790,078 cases, Europe 1,541,363 deaths from 86,308,716 infections, and Asia 904,687 deaths from 57,426,756 cases.
The United States and Canada have reported 817,961 deaths from 50,853,509 cases; Africa reported 223,393 deaths from 8,723,088 cases; Middle East reported 215,318 deaths from 14,364,584 cases, and Oceania reported 3,341 deaths from 317,640 cases.
As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.