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More than 250,000 declared coronavirus cases in Europe

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Emergency medical personnel disembark a patient from an ambulance next to a medicalised TGV (high-speed train) in Strasbourg station, eastern France, on March 26, 2020 as 20 patients affected with COVID-19 are evacuated to hospitals in the Pays-de-la-Loire region. – Preparations for the evacuation to hospitals in the Pays-de-la-Loire region of 20 coronavirus-contaminated patients from Alsace aboard a medicalised TGV – an operation unheard of in Europe – began on March 26 morning at Strasbourg station. (Photo by Patrick HERTZOG / AFP)

The number of declared coronavirus cases in Europe topped 250,000, according to an AFP tally Thursday, more than half of which are in hard-hit Italy and Spain.

Europe is the worst-affected region in the world with 258,068 cases, including 14,640 deaths, ahead of Asia’s 100,937 infections and 3,636 fatalities, according to a tally compiled from national health data and World Health Organization figures.

Italy has 74,386 registered infections and Spain has 56,188.

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The global number of infections now stands at 481,230 across 182 countries, with 21,867 deaths.

The number of actual infections is believed to be higher since many countries are only testing severe cases or patients who require hospitalisation.

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