The number of people worldwide who have recovered from the novel coronavirus crossed 300,000 early Wednesday, according to figures compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University. 

Since emerging in Wuhan, China last December, the coronavirus has spread to at least 184 countries and regions around the globe, with the number of confirmed cases now exceeding 1.42 million.

The number of deaths worldwide as of 0005 GMT stood at 81,865.

Italy, Spain, France and the U.K. continue to be the hardest-hit countries in terms of fatalities.

Italy has reported the highest number of deaths from the virus with 17,127, followed by

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