Global death toll from novel coronavirus pandemic tops 70,000

The from coronavirus crossed 70,000 on Monday, according to figures compiled by the U.S.' . Since emerging in Wuhan, China last December, the COVID-19 disease has spread to at least 183 countries and regions around the globe, while confirmed cases have climbed to nearly 1.3 million.

The new coronavirus has killed more than 70,000 people across the globe, the majority in Europe, according to the figures compiled by the Johns Hopkins University on Monday.

Out of a total of 70,009 killed in the pandemic, 50,215 are in Europe, according to figures compiled from official government data and the World Health Organization.

Italy is leading the global death toll with 15,877 fatalities, followed by Spain with 13,055, the United States with 9,648 and France with 8,078.

Many countries have restricted travel from the most-affected areas and implemented lockdowns, as the World Health Organization last month declared the COVID-19 a pandemic and Europe its new epicenter.

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