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April 3, 2020, 3:03 p.m. EDT

UPDATE: COVID-19 case tally: 1.07 million cases worldwide and 55,781 deaths; Italy has highest number of fatalaties

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By Ciara Linnane

The number of cases of COVID-19 around the world stood at 1.07 million Friday, after passing the 1 million mark late Thursday, while the U.S. case tally passed 250,000 according to aggregated data from Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering's Centers for Systems Science and Engineering. There are now 56,767 fatalaties around the world from the novel coronavirus that has sickened people in 181 countries, the data show. About 223,697 people have recovered. The U.S still has the most number of cases worldwide, at 258,214 and 6,699 deaths. Another 9,428 people have recovered. In Europe, Spain has overtaken Italy in number of cases. Italy, which fell behind Spain in case count earlier, now has 119,827 cases and at least 14,681 fatalaties, making it the highest in the world. Spain has 117,710 cases and 10,935 deaths. Germany has the fourth highest tally, and is now ahead of China, where the virus was first detected in December. Germany has 89,838 cases and 1,230 fatalaties. China has 82,509 cases and 3,326 deaths; France has 59,948 cases and 6,518 deaths. Iran, another hot spot, has 53,183 cases and 3,294 deaths.

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