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According to an official source compiled by AFP, more than 1.3 million people have been killed by the novel coronavirus worldwide.

In total, there have been at least 1,303,783 deaths in 53,380,442 reported cases of COVID-19, although experts say the official data is likely to capture only a fraction of the total number of infections and deaths.

New cases and deaths resume as a second wave of infections hits Europe and the United States.

Almost one in five deaths occurred in the US (244,345), while Brazil was the hardest hit country in terms of deaths (164,737), then India (129,188), Mexico (97,624) and the UK (51,304).

The world celebrated news this week of great strides in the search for vaccines against the coronavirus, but a leading WHO expert warned in an interview with AFP that disinformation and public distrust would render them unusable against the pandemic.

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