Coronavirus claims over 20,000 lives globally
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Coronavirus claims over 20,000 lives globally

Number recovered from epidemic nears 113,000

News Service AA

The global death toll from the novel coronavirus surpassed 20,000 Wednesday, according to figures compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

The virus known as COVID-19, which emerged in Wuhan, China last December, has spread to at least 172 countries and regions around the globe, while a total of 20,499 people have died and confirmed cases exceeds 451,355.

In all, 112,982 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered from the disease.

Italy, Spain, China and Iran continue to be the most affected countries.

Although China has the most confirmed cases with more than 81,600, Italy recorded the most deaths with 7,503 fatalities in nearly 69,200 cases.

Spain also surpassed China, the ground zero of the virus, with 3,434 deaths, while confirmed cases exceed 47,600. China followed Spain with 3,163 deaths.

Meanwhile, the death toll is 2,077 in Iran as confirmed cases toped 27,000.

Many countries have restricted flights from the most affected places and gone implemented lockdowns as the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a pandemic and Europe the new epicenter of the outbreak.

The Johns Hopkins figures far exceed official tallies compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that are updated daily, but only for cases reported by 4.00 p.m. local time (2000GMT) the preceding day.

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