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Over 500,000 coronavirus cases confirmed in Europe: AFP tally

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More than 500,000 coronavirus infections have been diagnosed in Europe, over half the global total, according to a tally by AFP from official sources at 1000 GMT Thursday.

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The continent has recorded 508,271 cases and 34,571 COVID-19 deaths, compared to global figures of 940,815 and 47,836 respectively. The worst-hit countries are Italy with 13,155 fatalities and Spain with 10,003 -- both have more than 100,000 confirmed infections.

However, the true number of cases and deaths is likely far higher as many countries are only testing cases that require hospitalization.