Coronavirus tally: Daily death toll spikes back above 3,000 as hospitalizations jumps to another record

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It was a bad day on the COVID-19 front. While the number of daily new cases slipped to 201,674 on Tuesday from 201,723 on Monday, the number of deaths spiked up to 3,239 on Tuesday, the third-highest daily total ever, from 1,962 on Monday, according to data provided by the New York Times. Hospitalizations jumped by 2,426 patients to a record 117,777 on Tuesday, COVID Tracking Project data show. Overall, the U.S. has had 18,237,190 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday morning and 322,849 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Globally, cases rose to 78,105,462 and deaths grew to 1,719,278. The grim numbers comes as the U.S. government is closing in on a deal to acquire tens of millions of additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE , according to an Associated Press report.
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