Confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide top 1.5m

Confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide top 1.5m

The total number of positive cases around the world now stands at 1,502,618, according to data collected by John Hopkins University in the United States, Al Jazeera reports.

The total number of deaths is 89,915, while 339,775 people have recovered. 

Spain reported 683 daily coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, a lower number of fatalities compared to the previous two days.

For the second straight day, the US recorded nearly 2,000 fatalities, while in Britain the daily death toll hit a record 938 in one day.

The number of cases in Canada increased to 19,774, up from 18,447 the day before, according to data provided by the public health agency.

The number of deaths increased to 461.

Iran's Supreme Leader called on Iranians to create the sense of Ramadan - due to begin later this month - in their homes, since public gatherings are banned as the country tries to contain the outbreak.

Schools and universities remain closed in the Islamic Republic and a ban on cultural, religious and sports gatherings has been imposed.

"Because of being deprived of public prayings, speeches and so on during Ramadan,  we should create the same senses in our homes," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a televised speech.

Hungary has prolonged a nationwide lockdown indefinitely to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on his Facebook page, asking citizens to observe the order despite the Easter holiday.

Hungary has officially recorded 980 confirmed cases and 66 deaths in the pandemic.

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