More than 79,000 people worldwide have so far tested positive for the novel coronavirus that first emerged in Wuhan city of China’s Hubei province in December last year.

The death toll from the outbreak has reached 2,592 in mainland China, while two more lost their lives in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China.

The coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, also reportedly killed at least 12 people in Iran, seven in South Korea, four in Japan, five in Italy, and one each in Taiwan, the Philippines, and France, bringing the total number of deaths in the world to

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