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Global Death Toll from Coronavirus Surpasses 15,000, Says Report

A man wears a mask over his mouth as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus. (Fernando/AP Photo)

A man wears a mask over his mouth as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus. (Fernando/AP Photo)

Italy is the hardest-hit country with 5,476 deaths, followed by China where the virus first emerged last year with 3,270, and Spain with 2,182.

  • AFP Paris
  • Last Updated: March 23, 2020, 6:37 PM IST
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Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic have topped 15,000 across the globe, according to an AFP tally on Monday from official figures.

A total of 15,189 deaths have been recorded, the majority in Europe with 9,197 fatalities.

Italy is the hardest-hit country with 5,476 deaths, followed by China where the virus first emerged last year with 3,270, and Spain with 2,182.

With a total of 1,395 new deaths reported in the past 24 hours out of 172,238 officially declared cases, Europe is now the continent where the virus is spreading the most rapidly.

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