The global death toll from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has surpassed 251,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Mainland China has registered, over the past 24 hours, one new case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection; 87 patients have recovered and no deaths have been recorded, the state health committee said in a statement.

The number of confirmed cases worldwide stands at 3,582,469, with 251,510 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on 11 March declared the outbreak of the new coronavirus a pandemic; its first case was detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019.