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Coronavirus

Global death toll from coronavirus tops 200,000

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) wheel a sick patient to an ambulance in New York City.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The global death toll from the new coronavirus topped 200,000 on Saturday, doubling in about two weeks, despite worldwide efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 as research into vaccines speeds up.

Nearly 90 percent of the total deaths were reported in Europe, including Italy, Spain and France, and the United States as the number of infections surpassed 2.86 million around the world, according to a tally compiled by John Hopkins University from government figures.

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