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    The global coronavirus tally is now over 139 million cases, with the death toll from the pandemic approaching the 3 million mark, according to Baltimore, Maryland's Johns Hopkins University.

    The US remains the worst-hit country, with over 31 million coronavirus cases, while at least 565,000 Americans have died during the pandemic. Next comes India (more than 14 million cases and 173,000 deaths), then Brazil (13.8 million cases and over 365,000 deaths)

    At the same time, Mexico has the third-highest death toll in the world with over 211,000 fatalities and almost 2.3 million infected.

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