The number of deaths around the world from the novel coronavirus stood at 23,293, according to a tally compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT Thursday from official sources.
More than 505,580 declared cases have been registered in 182 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 108,900 are now considered recovered.
The tallies, using data collected by AFP offices from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), likely reflect only a fraction of the real number of infections.
Many countries are now only testing cases that require hospitalisation.
Since 1900 GMT Wednesday, Italy announced 662 new deaths, followed by Spain with 655 and France with 365.
Italy, which recorded its first coronavirus death in February, has to date declared 8,165 fatalities, with 80,539 infections and 9,362 people recovered.
Like Italy, Spain also has more fatalities than China with 4,089, as well as having 56,188 infections.
The other worst-hit countries are Iran with 2,234 fatalities and 29,406 cases, and France with 1,696 deaths and 29,155 cases.
China -- excluding Hong Kong and Macau -- has to date declared 3,287 deaths and 81,285 cases, with 74,051 recoveries. The country declared 67 new cases and six new fatalities since Wednesday.
Since 1900 GMT Wednesday, Russia, Croatia, Kenya, the West Bank, Armenia and Kazakhstan announced their first deaths.
By continent, Europe has listed 274,955 cases and 15,999 deaths to date, Asia 101,123 cases and 3,646 deaths and the Middle East 35,618 cases and 2,291 deaths.
The US and Canada together have declared 78,642 cases with 1,106 deaths, Latin America and the Caribbean 8,935 cases with 150 deaths, Africa 3,203 cases with 87 deaths and Oceania 3,111 cases with 14 deaths.