COVID-19 outbreak: Global death toll crosses 42,000

The worldwide number of officially confirmed fatalities from the novel coronavirus has risen to 42,151, according to 'Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center'.

More than 858,785 declared cases have been registered in 186 countries and territories since the pandemic broke out in China in December.

Of these cases, at least 178,119  are now considered recovered.

The past 24 hours brought 4,396 more deaths -- 849 of them in Spain, 837 in Italy and 612 in the United States -- while 70,404 new cases emerged.

The worst affected country by deaths is Italy, which registered its first fatality in late February, now has 12,428 deaths for 105,792 cases -- 4,053 of which emerged onTuesday.

The Italian authorities say 15,729 people have recovered.