Global death toll from coronavirus tops 9,000

Medical staff push a patient on a gurney towards a medical helicopter at the Emile Muller hospital in Mulhouse, eastern France, to be evacuated to another hospital, on March 19, 2020, amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP)

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 9,000 people across the globe, according to an AFP tally Thursday based on official sources.

A total of 9,020 deaths were recorded as of 1100 GMT, with 4,134 in Europe and 3,416 in Asia, where the outbreak first emerged in China in December.

With 712 more deaths reported in the past 24 hours and a total of 90,293 cases, Europe is now the region where COVID-19 is spreading the most rapidly.

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