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China Daily reported that further details have not been disclosed in the brief statement released on the commission's website.

The total number of active cases stands at 4,80,719 after a decrease of 3,828 in the last 24 hours. Total discharged cases stand at 81,63,572 with 47,992 new discharges in the last 24 hours.

The WHO said that the total number of new cases in the world amounted to 263,601, while the increment in fatalities to 6,554.

As of 06:00 Moscow time on Monday (03:00 GMT), there are 18,017,556 confirmed coronavirus cases in the world. The global death toll from COVID-19 stands at 687,93.

In the report, the WHO has warned that the coronavirus epidemic will get "worse and worse" if governments fail to take more decisive action.

The visit will take place more than six months after the WHO's Country Office in China picked up a statement from the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission on cases of 'viral pneumonia'.

In an open letter to the agency, which the researchers plan to publish in a scientific journal next week, 239 scientists in 32 countries outlined the evidence showing smaller particles can infect people, the NYT said.

The pandemic has grown to more than 10 million cases and has caused over 500,000 deaths across the world.

The WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, shared that Europe accounts for 31 per cent of COVID-19 cases and 43 per cent of COVID-19 deaths globally.

According to the WHO, the global case tally currently stands at 5,404,512 -- a rise by 99,780 over the past day.