The novel coronavirus has killed at least 4,636,530 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1000 GMT on Tuesday.

At least 225,185,240 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. They exclude revisions made by other statistical organisations, which show that the number of deaths is much higher.

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, despite intensified testing in many countries.

On Monday, 7,341 new deaths and 586,560 new cases were recorded worldwide.

Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were United States with 1,554 new deaths, followed by Russia with 781 and Malaysia with 413. The United States is the worst-affected country with 662,131 deaths from 41,221,315 cases.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 587,066 deaths from 21,006,424 cases, India with 443,213 deaths from 33,289,579 cases, Mexico with 267,969 deaths from 3,516,043 cases, and Peru with 198,799 deaths from 2,161,358 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Peru with 603 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Hungary with 312, Bosnia-Herzegovina with 307, Republic of North Macedonia with 301, Montenegro with 288 and Czech Republic with 284.

Latin America and the Caribbean overall has 1,462,777 deaths from 43,990,846 cases, Europe 1,275,994 deaths from 65,177,116 infections, and Asia 811,814 deaths from 52,151,744 cases.

The United States and Canada has reported 689,338 deaths from 42,764,993 cases, Africa 203,365 deaths from 8,069,401 cases, Middle East 191,383 deaths from 12,884,665 cases, and Oceania 1,859 deaths from 146,477 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.