Worldwide coronavirus toll passes 30,000, two thirds in Europe

More than 30,000 people have died worldwide in the coronavirus pandemic, two-thirds of them in Europe, according to the data compiled by the U.S.-based on Saturday. In total, 30,249 lives have been lost with 21,334 of those in Europe where Italy has the highest number of fatalities with 10,023 deaths, followed by Spain with 5,690.

The global death toll from the coronavirus outbreak surpassed 30,000 on Saturday, according to the data compiled by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

The virus known as COVID-19, which emerged in Wuhan, China last December, has spread to at least 177 countries and regions around the globe, with a total of 649,904 confirmed cases worldwide and 30,249 deaths.

A total of 137,283 people diagnosed with the virus have so far recovered globally.

Italy, Spain, China and Iran continue to be the most affected countries in terms of deaths, but the U.S. tops the list of the highest number of confirmed cases -- 115,547.

Italy recorded the most deaths with 10,023 fatalities with nearly 92,500 cases, while Spain has 5,690 deaths and over 72,200 confirmed cases. China, the ground zero of the virus, followed Spain with 3,100 deaths and nearly 82,000 cases.

Meanwhile, the death toll in Iran reached 2,517 and the total number of cases surpassed 35,400 in the country.

Many countries have restricted flights from the most affected places and implemented lockdowns as the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus a pandemic and Europe the new epicenter of the outbreak.

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