Iraq on Thursday confirmed 107 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 1,437.

The Health Ministry said as many as 2,437 more COVID-19 cases had raised the tally to 39,139, while the total number of recoveries stood at 18,051.

The pandemic has claimed more than 484,400 lives in 188 countries and regions since originating in China last December. The US, Brazil, Russia and India are currently the worst-hit countries.

Over 9.5 million cases have been reported worldwide, while more than 4.78 million patients have recovered, according to figures compiled by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

*Writing by Zehra Nur Duz

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