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The global tally of confirmed coronavirus cases climbed past 800,000 on Tuesday, according to figures compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

The COVID-19 virus, which emerged in Wuhan, China last December, has spread to at least 178 countries and regions around the globe, while a total of 38,714 people have died as recoveries hit 170,325.

Italy, Spain, China and Iran continue to be the most affected countries, while the highest number of coronavirus-related cases are in the U.S. with more than 164,600 cases. The U.S. has confirmed 3,170 deaths due to the virus.

Italy recorded the highest number of

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