Worldwide coronavirus case count crosses 400,000 mark

The worldwide count of coronavirus cases eclipsed 400,000 on Tuesday afternoon, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The tally has climbed rapidly in recent days. It reached 300,000 on Saturday evening.

The number of COVID-19N cases in the U.S. has skyrocketed above 40,000, picking up speed as the coronavirus crisis widens and as the availability of tests grows.

After China, where the virus first originated last year, Italy has the largest number of coronavirus cases, with a number north of 60,000. The U.S. has the third most confirmed cases.

The global death toll from the virus sat at 18,227 on Tuesday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins.