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Coronavirus: A visual guide to the pandemic

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Coronavirus has been spreading rapidly across the world, affecting more than 177 countries and claiming more than 34,000 lives.

There are more than 720,000 confirmed cases worldwide, with the US recording more than any other country, including China. Europe has also seen a surge in cases.

This series of maps and charts will help you understand what is going on.

The global pandemic continues to grow

The virus is spreading rapidly in many countries.

The US overtook China, where the virus originated, in terms of confirmed cases on Thursday, according to figures collated by Johns Hopkins University.

The true figure for the number of people with coronavirus is thought to be much higher as many of those with milder symptoms have not been tested and counted.

The virus emerged in China in December 2019 and around 3,300 people there have died from the infection - but both Italy and Spain now have higher death tolls.