The global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic climbed to 16,559 on Tuesday, as per figures compiled by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

The virus, which emerged in Wuhan, China last December, has spread to at least 168 countries and regions around the globe.

The tally of confirmed cases exceeds 380,000.

In all, 101,806 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered from the disease so far.

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

Although China has the most confirmed cases with 81,552, Italy recorded the most coronavirus-related deaths with 6,077 fatalities in more than 63,927

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