* A total of 3,176 people have died in mainland China, where the outbreak started
* Two other countries with the highest death tolls are Italy (1,016) and Iran (514)
* More than 134,300 have been infected since COVID-19 appeared in December
* Europe has rapidly become the new epicentre of the killer coronavirus
* Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic today soared past 5,000 as Europe continues to battle its escalating crisis.
A total of 3,176 people have died in mainland China, followed by 1,016 in Italy, and 514 in Iran – the three countries with the highest number of deaths.
Since COVID-19 was first detected in December, more than 134,300 people have been infected in 121 countries and territories.
Cases have also soared past 600 in the UK, after Wales confirmed 13 people had been diagnosed today.
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