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The global coronavirus cases surpassed 2.5 million on Tuesday, according to a running tally by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

The university’s data showed that the global number of deaths reached 171,718, while the number of people who recovered stands at 659,732.

A total of 2,501,156 cases are recorded worldwide and the U.S. continues to be the worst-hit country, with the highest numbers of infections and deaths, more than 788,100 and nearly 42,400, respectively.

While Italy has the second-highest death toll with 24,114, Spain is the second country with the highest cases over 204,178.

China, ground zero of the

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