Coronavirus-related deaths pushed past the 50,000 mark Thursday as the spread of the pandemic surges.

The virus emerged in Wuhan, China last December and spread to at least 180 countries and regions.

According to running tally of U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University, the total number of deaths stands at 50,230 and confirmed cases are leaning on the 1 million mark with 981,200.

However, the number of recoveries quadrupled the death toll with more than 204,600.

Italy, Spain, China and France continue to be the most affected countries, while the highest number of cases are in the U.S. with more that

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