The death toll from coronavirus in Iraq rose to 40, the country’s Health Ministry said on Friday.

In a statement, the ministry said the total number of the coronavirus cases in the country has reached 458.

Also, 122 people have so far recovered from the virus, known as COVID-19, the statement added.

After first appearing in Wuhan, China, last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 176 countries and territories, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

The data shows nearly 549,600 cases have been reported worldwide since last December, with the death toll above

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