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The novel coronavirus pandemic surpassed another grim milestone on Monday, with more than three million cases of COVID-19 — the disease caused by the virus — now reported worldwide.

Numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University found that as of 1 p.m. ET, the total number of confirmed cases worldwide was 3,002,303.

The outbreak has also claimed the lives of more than 208,131 people around the world.

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The United States remained the hardest-hit nation on Monday, quickly approaching one million cases of COVID-19 at 972,969.

So far, the country has recorded the highest number of deaths at 55,118.

Italy has reported the second-highest number of fatalities at 26,977.

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But, now months into the pandemic, many countries have begun lifting the stringent measures put in place to limit the virus’ spread.

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Over the weekend, Spain lifted some of its strictest measures and started allowing children under the age of 14 to play outdoors for an hour.

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