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Global death toll from the novel coronavirus climbed over 35,000 on Monday, 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 177 countries and regions around the globe, while a total of 35,019 people have died, and confirmed cases hit 737,929.

In all, 156,507 people diagnosed with the virus have recovered from the disease.

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

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