By Gozde Bayar
ANKARA (AA) - The global death toll from coronavirus climbed over 40,000 on Tuesday, according to figures compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.
The virus known as COVID-19, which emerged in Wuhan, China last December, has spread to at least 179 countries and regions around the globe, while confirmed cases have exceeded 823,000.
More than 174,000 people diagnosed with the virus globally have recovered.
Italy, Spain, China and Iran continue to be the most affected countries.
The U.S. has reported the most number of cases -- more than 165,000 -- with 3,178 fatalities.
Italy has reported the highest number of deaths from the virus with 11,591 fatalities, followed by Spain at 8,260 and China at 3,309.
Iran has reported 2,898 deaths from the virus.
Many countries have restricted flights from the most affected places and implemented lockdowns as the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic and Europe the new epicenter of the outbreak.