Factbox: Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world

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Medical assistant Nina Salatka waits at the entrance to an Infinity Primary Care physicians office in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, U.S. to take each person?s temperature who comes in on March 19, 2020 amid coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country. REUTERS/Emily Elconin

(Reuters) - More than 3.19 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 226,880 have died, according to a Reuters tally as of 0200 GMT on Thursday.


* For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread, open https://tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser.

* For a U.S.-focused tracker with state-by-state and county map, open https://tmsnrt.rs/2w7hX9T in an external browser.


* The United Kingdom's COVID-19 death toll is probably higher than 27,241, making it one of the worst-hit countries in Europe, opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said.

* Death toll in France rose by 427 to 24,087.

* Spain recorded 325 deaths overnight, while fatalities in Italy climbed by 323.

* Germany's tally jumped by 1,478 to 159,119, and fatalities rose by 173 to 6,288.


* More than 1.04 million people have been infected in the United States and 60,772 have died, according to a Reuters tally as of 0200 GMT on Thursday.

* The Trump administration is planning to speed up development of a coronavirus vaccine with the goal of having 100 million doses ready by the end of 2020.

* The top U.S. infectious disease official said Gilead Sciences Inc's experimental antiviral drug remdesivir will become the standard of care for COVID-19 after early clinical trial results showed it helped patients recover more quickly.

* Florida would permit a limited economic reopening next week while leaving restraints intact for the greater Miami area.

* Total cases in Brazil soared to 78,162, with 449 deaths in the last 24 hours.

* About two dozen migrants deported from the United States to Colombia last month have tested positive.

* Mexico reported 1,047 new cases and 163 additional fatalities.

* Bolivia will extend its lockdown until May 10.

* The International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved $650 million in emergency financial assistance for the Dominican Republic.

* Confirmed cases in Panama reached 6,378, and the death toll climbed to 178.


* China reported four new cases for April 29 and cancelled the 2020 Boao Forum for Asia.

* South Korea reported no new domestic cases. The national tally stood at 10,765, while the death toll rose by one to 247.

* Thailand reported seven new cases but no new deaths.

* Japan's parliament is set to approve a $241 billion supplementary budget to fund a record stimulus package.

* Yemen reported its first two deaths.

* An outbreak in Australian state of Tasmania likely originated from the Ruby Princess cruise ship, a government report published concluded.


* Iran's fatalities increased by 80.

* Tanzania had 480 cases, a 69% jump from five days ago, and 16 deaths. The latest update came after four days of silence from officials.


* Asian stocks rose to a fresh seven-week high, lifted by encouraging early results from a COVID-19 treatment trial, though bonds and currencies held cautious ranges ahead of a European Central Bank meeting later in the day.

* Federal Reserve chair said the U.S. economy could feel the weight of consumer fear and social distancing for a year or more.

* The British car industry faces losing output worth more than 8 billion pounds.

* Germany slashed its economic growth forecast for this year.

* New Zealand's business sentiment fell in April, but the figures were slightly less bleak than a preliminary survey.

* Japan's March factory output fell at the fastest pace in five months, retail sales dropped and crude steel output slid 12.5% in March from a year earlier.

* A sudden stop in tourism will cause a 6.2% contraction of the Caribbean economy in 2020, the IMF said.

* Palm oil exports from Malaysia plunged 41.7% during the first month of a partial lockdown.

(Compiled by Milla Nissi, Sarah Morland, Vinay Dwivedi and Uttaresh.V; Editing by Tomasz Janowski, Shounak Dasgupta, Giles Elgood, Maju Samuel and Sriraj Kalluvila)

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