The global death toll from the novel coronavirus climbed over 25,000 on Friday, 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 176 countries and regions around the globe, while a total of 25,035 people have died, and confirmed cases hit 553,244.

In all, 127,567 people diagnosed with the virus have recovered from the disease.

Italy, Spain, China and Iran continue to be the most affected countries, but the U.S. became the country where most coronavirus-related cases have been seen with more

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