Peru recorded its highest daily death toll from the novel coronavirus Thursday with 206 new fatalities. 

The Health Ministry said in a statement that the overall death toll stands at 6,109, while the number of cases rose by 5,965 to 214,788.

The latest deaths marked the highest number in a single day since the beginning of the outbreak in the country.

A total of 102,429 people have recovered, it added.

The first case in Peru was diagnosed on March 6, while the first death occurred on March 20.

After originating in Wuhan, China last December, COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has spread to 188 countries and regions, with Europe and the US currently the worst hit.

The pandemic has killed nearly 419,000 people worldwide, with the total number of infections surpassing 7.4 million, while over 3.5 million people have recovered from the disease, according to figures compiled by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

*Writing by Sena Guler

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