Global coronavirus cases exceed 3.4M in four months
Death toll surpasses 243,000, recoveries top 1M, according to count by Johns Hopkins University
The tally of coronavirus infections globally exceeded 3.4 million Saturday, according to US-based Johns Hopkins University.
The university's data showed the number of virus-linked deaths reached 243,674, while the number of people who recovered climbed to nearly 1.1 million.
The US is the hardest-hit country with the highest number of infections and deaths with more than 1.13 million and nearly 66,200, respectively.
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Italy has the second-highest death toll with 28,710. Spain has the second-highest cases - over 216,582.
The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China late December.
Despite the rising number of cases, most who contract the virus suffer mild symptoms before making a recovery.